The other day we announced the Biodevastation 7 events, that were planned for St. Louis, Missouri from May 16 – 18:
We also had this story about Monsanto’s Roundup Ready in Denmark’s drinking water:
Well, now this from Indymedia.org:
“On May 16-17 in St. Louis police initiated a severe crackdown on activists during the protests against the pro-biotech World Agricultural Forum and concurrent Biodevastation 7 conference. The Biodev 7 conference, which was addressing issues of environmental racism, world agriculture and biowarfare, went on successfuly despite the heavy police presence. On May 16, St. Louis police – backed by federal agents – raided the Community Arts and Media Project (CAMP), home of the St. Louis IMC, and the Bolozone, a collective housing project, in anticipation of the Biodevastation conference and expected protests at the WAF. Police arrested protesters and non-protersers alike, without any provocation. The Secret Service illegaly entered one person’s home and later harassed his parents as well. St. Louis IMC is asking for support and for support of all those unjustly arrested.
At the same time that police were preparing the downtown area, on a public online forum called St. Louis Coptalk (SLC), police expressed a willful desire to harm peaceful protesters. One officer wrote, “Is it true we’re going to be issued the new tazers before next weekend?” and another replied, “I want that 220 Volt model that blows the teeth out of their head, just before they crap their pants.” The posts were soon removed from the web forum but Coptalk is still online.
Additionally,the Urbana-Champaign IMC performance space has been temporarily shut down by the city of Urbana for alleged fire code violations. ”
The full stories are here: