|Milwaukee activists protest to stop FBI raids and intimidation|
of anti-war activists. (Fight Back! News)
In cities across the country this week demonstrators are showing up outside FBI offices to protest the latest red scare like raids conducted by the FBI last week in Minniapolist and Chicago.
In Chicago, at least 350 turned out at FBI headquarters to condemn the FBIs latest actions. "It's not just our family. It's not just those that got the knock on Friday. It's not just the many, many movement activists that are here today," said Stephanie Weiner, whose home in Chicago's Logan Square neighborhood was the subject of a search warrant Friday.
Another person targeteted in the Windy City was Hatem Abudayyeh executive director of the Arab American Action Network.J im Fennerty, an attorney representing Abudayyeh, who is an American of Palestinian descent, said Monday that lawyers from the National Lawyers Guild will represent those who are being investigated.
Ahmed Rehab, executive director of the Chicago chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations, said Monday that the investigation into Abudayyeh's organization was "a waste of taxpayer dollars."
"Hatem is a longtime, respected leader in the community. It is unthinkable that he would have any connections to terrorism," Rehab said. "This is a new low. … This is an example of FBI overreach when it comes to activism or commentary on the (Middle East) conflict."
In Salt Lake, a dozen protesters, mostly members of the Revolutionary Students Union at Utah Valley University, chanted and held signs reading "Hands off our anti-war activists" and "Peace is not a crime." Organizer Gregory Lucero, a UVU graduate student, said the group responded to a call from the Minneapolis-based Anti-War Committee to rally in support of peace activists the FBI targeted last Friday.
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In Gainesville, Florida, , protesters led by the Students for a Democratic Society, stood outside Gainesville’s FBI Regional Agency from 4:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to raise their voices against recent investigative activity concerning anti-war activists.
Justin Wooten, an SDS member, former UF student and organizer of the protest, said the FBI entered, searched and confiscated belongings from the homes of two of his acquaintances.
“They can put you behind bars for supporting any organization they deem a terrorist organization,” Wooten told the Florida Alligator. “It’s a real threat to freedom of speech in this country.”