FTAA IMC Wrap-Up #2: The Miami Model -- 11-25-2003
Jeremy Scahill of Democracy Now! <www.democracynow.org> writes, After last week, no one should call what Timoney runs in Miami a police force. Its a paramilitary group. Thousands of soldiers, dressed in khaki uniforms with full black body armor and gas masks, marching in unison through the streets, banging batons against their shields, chanting, back ... back ... back. There were armored personnel carriers and helicopters.
Miami Mayor Manny Diaz called the police actions last week a model for homeland security. FTAA officials called it extraordinary. Several cities sent law enforcement observers to the protests to study what some are now referring to as the Miami Model.
What is the Miami Model? It is several things: extremely violent police response to nonviolent demonstrators, embedded reporters behind police lines -- and arresting and harassing non-embedded journalists, and other tactics used in the past by Timoney, including mass arrests and an arsenal of non-lethal weapons. Most significantly, though, it represents the next step in the criminalization and repression of dissent that is occurring in the United States right now.
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