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Anti-war protest in L.A. gets response with APCs

Steve Watson/ | Nov 11 2004

What the heck happened in L.A. last night? A peaceful antiwar protest in Westwood got a Robocop response. Two armored tanks came to dispel the protest. It's unknown at the moment whether the protesters had permits, or what the rationale for bringing an armored response was by officials, but what kind of rationale could possibly merit this approach?

This is psychological warfare, the way they just drive up to watch a small gaggle of protesters and then drive off'. It's an LAV Marine Warrior tank, and the people in it are likely to be marines.This is an escalation, normally they have armoured vehicles but this is a military tank.

From Indymedia:
LOS ANGELES, November 9, 2004 - At 7:50 PM two armored tanks showed up at an anti-war protest in front of the federal building in Westwood. The tanks circled the block twice, the second time parking themselves in the street and directly in front of the area where most of the protesters were gathered. Enraged, some of the people attempted to block the tanks, but police quickly cleared the street. The people continued to protest the presence of the tanks, but about ten minutes the tanks drove off. It is unclear as to why the tanks were deployed to this location.

FLASHBACK: Here you see regular military in the standard camo loaded up on tanks preparing to roll down the streets of Oakland, California to look for terrorists in during Operation Urban Warrior. That's right, folks, we said terrorists: isn't it odd that they were preparing to take over US cities years ago to keep us "safe" from terrorists?




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FLASHBACK: Latest events are somewhat Reminiscent of scenes at Tiananmen Square 15 years ago which had a bloody, horrifying end with the People's Liberation Army, gunning down unarmed protestors and cementing state repression.










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UPDATE: There are now claims that the marines were asking the protesters for directions as they were lost. Right. The most sophisticated vehicles on the planet with highly trained soldiers at the helm asking a group of anti-war protestors for directions?

From INDYMEDIA: I talked to one Marine with one of the "Striker" vehicles. He told me they had driven the vehicles up from Camp Pendleton the night before (Tuesday) on the freeway. Getting off the 405 Freeway going north, they would have passed Wilshire and Veteran where ANSWER had called a rally to protest the attack on Fallujah in Iraq.

I asked him if he was "rolling around Westwood" Tuesday night. He said, "Yeah, and we drove past that anti-war demonstration. We was lost. We're not from L.A. We didn't know where this place (WLA VA) was. We were trying to find it."

"Did you drive around the block twice?" I asked.

"Yeah, we did. We stopped to ask them (the protestors) directions, but they weren't very nice."

UPDATE: 12/11/04 -
LAR reservists pound the ground in the Outback

SHOALWATER BAY TRAINING AREA, Queensland, Australia (Oct 14, 2003) -- After being activated for more than six months, the reservists with the 4th Light Armored reconnaissance Battalion out of Salt Lake City, Utah, deployed from Okinawa, Japan to the land down under as part of the Ground Combat Element, 3d Marine Expeditionary Brigade, for Crocodile 2003. Full story...





Another close up of the LAV vehicle