Peace activists protest FBI investigation
|Protesters called out the FBI yesterday for its investigation into local anti-war groups.|
Waving signs that read "Opposing war is not a crime" and "Hands off free speech," the protesters denounced the government's infiltration of their groups with undercover agents, and said again that they will not cooperate with the grand jury, even if it means going to jail.
"This is not a fight that I asked for, but it's one I can't walk away from," said Jess Sundin, one of nine Twin Cities activists who had their homes raided by the FBI in September.
"We still don't know who the prosecutors hope to target with indictments, but every one of us reached the same conclusion: Nothing could compel us to testify against the movements we have helped to build."
|The protesters took over the plaza in front of the local FBI headquarters for more than an hour.|
What is known is that the government case relies on the testimony of an undercover agent going by the name of Karen Sullivan who infiltrated local anti-war groups over the course of two and a half years.
Since the subpoenas, the activists have aggressively built a network of opposition to what they say is illegal federal harassment of peaceful political dissidents. Tuesday's demonstration in downtown Minneapolis was one of nearly 40 simultaneous protests across the country, as well as in Ireland and Ukraine.
So far the activists have refused to testify, and there's a good chance that if they continue that way, they'll be sent to jail for contempt of court. The activists say they're undeterred, but concede that the shadow of jail time weighs heavily on them.
|The Minneapolis activists who have recieved subpoenas from the Chicago grand jury.|
The mood Tuesday evening was certainly boisterous and defiant. Misty Rowan, a member of one of the groups targeted by the investigation, took the microphone and faced the Federal Building to read a poem she composed for the occasion.
"This is called 'An Open Letter to the FBI,'" she began, turning to face the Federal Building as she read the first line:
"Fuck you guys."
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