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Three Of Twenty-Four Anti-Racist Activists Released
by Chuck D'Adamo
Email: cdadamo (at) charm.net (unverified!) Current rating: 3
25 Aug 2002
Three of twenty-four anti-racist activists arrested on August 24 at the
Baltimore Travel Plaza have been released.
[BALTIMORE MD] At the Baltimore Travel Plaza Saturday August 24 at
approximately 7:30am, twenty-four to twenty-nine anti-racist activists were
arrested after a confrontation with neo-nazis who were gathering to travel
to Washington DC to participate in a rally organized by the National Alliance.
Major F. H. Bealefeld told Indymedia that the attack included weapons such
as stick, hockey sticks, and similar weapons. There were three injuries,
one of which required hospitalization. According to an anti-racist
activist, approximately 120 neo-nazis attempted to board charter buses at
the Travel Plaza.
The Sunpapers (8/25/02) reported the police as saying that "It was not
immediately known whether the attackers were counter-demonstrators or
members of a rival supremacist group." However, it was widely publicized
that the National Alliance had organized a rally for August 24 and that
anti-racist activists were planning to respond with counter-demonstrations,
and possibly other methods. In fact, the neighborhood around the Baltimore
Travel Plaza was extensively leafleted in prior days, according to an
The Sunpapers should have spent more time investigating the event, rather
than relying on the police officials. While the Sunpapers' report was not
as egregious as that of FOX 45, which reported a fight between rival
neo-nazi groups, a little more investigation would have given a more
accurate picture of the event.
Three of those arrested have been released as of mid-afternoon August 25.
Bail has been set in the range of $10,000 to $20,000 each. One arrestee, a
minor, was charged with 23 counts of aggravated assault, according to an
Anti-racist activists who would like to support the arrestees may make a
check out to Black Planet Books with "jail solidarity" in the memo line and
mail it to Black Planet, 1621 Fleet Street, Baltimore, MD 21231. See also:
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