This shocking report comes to us via Brian Holmes on the nettime mailing list. Here is how he prefaced it:
Sorry for any cross-posting, but this material from Emily Foreman is important to get out. Despite the good news from the polls we are still living under the boot here in the USA. Poor people’s lives get wasted in the war, and when they try to participate in the democracy they were supposed to be fighting for they get their skull crushed by the police. When is this gonna stop?
I just wanted to draw your attention to this video, particularly these video stills, that i shot during the Iraq Veterans Against the War protest at the final U.S. presidential debates, last Wednesday, in Long Island, NY. The video is extremely disturbing and clearly shows Iraq War Veteran Nick Morgan at the moment when his head was crushed to the sidewalk under a police horse. This story has been completely ignored in the media. He was legally, peacefully and standing on the sidewalk when the event occurred.
The still images speak volumes to this moment in history, please look at them and please get them to people (journalists, activists, veterans) who can use them!
Video links and more information are posted here.
Last Wednesday October 15th 2008, former Army Sergeant Nick Morgan, a 24-year-old veteran of the US war in Iraq, was nearly killed by riot police, his face crushed under a police horse, during a peaceful protest outside the final US presidential debates.
Help German anti-G8 activist Martin Kramer, repressed in Russian Far East
On the 3rd of March, Martin Kramer was arrested by police in the city of Vanino, in the Khabarovsk region of the Russian Far East, and was beaten up by FSB agents. Martin is a German citizen, who is coordinating travel of activists to the counter-summit against the G8 in Japan in the summer of 2008. He was about to travel to Sakhalin Island by a boat. Martin was accused of carrying “extremist” and “secret” documents. Around 10 AM Martin and his acquaintance from Nakhodka bought tickets for the boat to Sakhalin. While they were waiting for the boat, they were approached by a policeman. He said that he was the police officer Aleksandr Petrovich Kravchuk, and he demanded that Martin and his acquaintance follow him to a police station. Their documents were checked and they were released.
But soon Martin was detained a second time, and again taken to a police station. This time he was interrogated by FSB agents. The lead agent presented a document bearing the name Yevgeni Malakhov. FSB agents illegally took Martin’s documents, notebook, and personal stuff; he was searched and then beaten up. According to Martin, he was beaten with fists and feet, then he was taken to the 4th floor of the police station and threatened that he would be thrown out the window, and that afterwards agents would fabricate that it was an accident. FSB agents refused to invite a consul, and they gave him a “lawyer,” a woman who did not present any documents but who acted like just another agent.