Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Don't tase me, bro!

According to the Alligator Independent, 300 students gathered at the University of Florida to protest the tasing incident that captured the world's attention via YouTube.

Students gathered on the Plaza of the Americas and marched to UPD and Emerson Alumni Hall in protest of the censorship, arrest and Tasering of Andrew Meyer during a Monday speech by Sen. John Kerry.

Meyer, a UF telecommunication senior, asked Kerry, a Democrat who represents Massachusetts and a former presidential candidate, about his involvement in a secret society at Yale University and the 2004 presidential election.

At noon, the 300 students, some wearing shirts that read "End pig violence" and "Don't tase me, bro," gathered on the Plaza of the Americas to make signs and get ready for the march.

[read more: JESSICA DaSILVA, The Alligator]

Greg Palast admits that he is grateful for the enthusiasm the student showed for his book, Armed Madhouse:

The Washington Post reported only that Meyers was holding a “mysterious yellow book.” VERY mysterious.

I would note that enchained student was busted in Alachua County, Florida, where, six years ago, I uncovered massive, systematic and utterly illegal disenfranchisement of Black voters - ordered by Gov. Jeb Bush’s office just before the 2000 election. (”Florida’s Disappeared Voters,” February 2001, The Nation.) Alachua remains under federal scrutiny for its long history of racial bias against Black voters.

I must admit I feel some appreciation for Meyers, especially because, even while he was being shot with untold amps of electricity, until he was handcuffed, he would not let go of his mysterious yellow book, ‘Armed Madhouse.’

[Greg Palast]

Andrew Meyer has his own website: The previous post on Peace, Love and Erica Campbell links to the YouTube clip of the John Kerry tasing incident.

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