[This is a very quick note about Tampa/RNC officials and the newest attempts to stifle protests at the GOP convention—we WILL have more details soon]
Tampa Declares Most of City Off-Limits to Protestors
IF you are going to Tampa to protest the GOP convention or anyone or anything related to it be sure to wear some flowers in your hair.
Just be sure you know they aren’t planning to let you anywhere NEAR the convention. They figure there will be 15,000 protestors (they NEVER cite any reason for how they arrive at that number except that it means they get to spend 50 million dollars getting ready for that many protestors. And they don’t cite any distinction between protestor and say, “activist”. Basically, they are making themselves as free as possible to bust any heads they want, to lock up anyone they want.
IF you are there to do anything but embrace and kiss the butts of the ignorant, bigoted savages of the GOP you could be in for some serious trouble.
Be sure to follow our series…we’ll have more detailed reports coming very soon, here’s just an outline of some more crap Tampa cops and authorities came out with today.
Basically, if you plan to protest, Tampa says you are a TROLL
They are planning to confine ALL protestors to 3 fenced in sites, 2 of which are under freeways (hence, our “troll” reference) and the other site, also fenced, we haven’t yet got a good photo, but we will get one and put it here—anyway, that site is safely tucked away where protestors won’t actually be able to get much of a “line of sight” to the convention location…like, NO line of sight.
WinLiberty Will Continue to Follow with MORE Details Coming
It’s like this: there are many, many details of spending that have yet to be made public or otherwise flushed out, but here’s SOME of the spending. Many dollars for “fencing”, “chemical irritants”, swat vehicles, surveillance cameras, a temporary courthouse (possibly operating around the clock) JUST for meting out sentences to those arrested at or near the convention.
None of what was announced today is new; it’s been in the works for some time. They’ve been spending much of the last 2 years trying to determine how to jack up the size of their police force by several times over (it’s being increased from the current, normal 900 to up to 5,400) for the time of the convention.
Ron Paul Supporters Won’t Have Any Help from Campaign-So Be VERY Careful
Neither Ron Paul nor anyone on his staff will be able to see any protests and/or protestors, much less lend help in the event of trouble—EVEN IF they wanted to help you they couldn’t. And as we’ve previously reported, so far they’ve been tolerating and even approving abuse and violence by RNC types against peaceful, honest protestors and activists.
The Ron Paul campaign already has made it very clear they won’t do a damn thing even when their own delegates are beat and broken up at state party conventions or any other functions (like the brutality the RNC types dished out to Ron Paul supporters in Louisiana and which the campaign NEVER has moved to redress).
Despite obvious and longrunning efforts of the GOP AND Tampa officials to stifle speech, Ron Paul and the people around him remain silent. The candidate and his staff are going along with the anti speech people who basically rule the GOP—at least they are not doing anything to oppose that element.
The Ron Paul campaign has said absolutely nothing to support speech rights in Tampa AND you can expect the Ron Paul campaign will continue to turn a blind eye to any abuses of ANYONE arrested and otherwise harassed in Tampa.
So, you need to be very, very careful. The city of Tampa, the RNC and federal and local police agencies are stocking up on things to HURT people—they PLAN to lock you up and to hurt you.
As one example, some city officials already have said one of the cities they studied so they could model their budget after a “successful” convention was St. Paul, Minnesota.
That city paid close to 2 million dollars for EXTRA chemical irritants. Most of these numbers are NOT being reported publicly. Some of it is getting out, but precious little. So, just know if you are going there are going to be literally thousands of extra cops there who are there just for one reason…to cause you trouble.
We’ll try to keep you updated.