|Subject: [GlobalRevolutionMedia] Re: Occupy Tampa Needs Help|
|From: MOVEMENT BUILDING |
|Date: Mon, 31 Oct 2011 15:26:17 -0400|
|To: Ryan Meador |
|CC: Owsoutreach@gmail.com, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org|
The police have been ramping up pressure on Occupy Tampa for the last several days which resulted in 5 arrests between Thursday and Friday (10/27 - 10/28).
The final three arrests were unprovoked and resulted in one occupier (a legal observer) going to Tampa General Hospital in police custody (Karel David Soucre-Ramirez) and two going to the Orient Road county jail. One occupier who was taken to the county jail was charged with Battery on an LEO and Opposing the police without violent (Stephen Gentile) the other was charged with two counts of Battery on an LEO (Keith Cuesta). We still don't have an update on Karel Soucre as the hospital is denying his presence and the police forced members of OT to leave the hospital grounds or face arrest, however, we do expect that Karel will be charged as well (at this point we don't know with what).
Stephen Gentile has been a key person in OT as he and his girlfriend returned the week of the 15th from OWS. They returned with lots of knowledge and practical experience from their time with you folks. We are seeing a pattern in the arrests that suggests the police are targeting OT members who have been instrumental in pushing our occupation forward.
These arrests mentioned above were unprovoked, the charges are without basis as all occupiers have remained non violent and non destructive. We expect there may be more of the same within the coming days given the amount of protesting we intend to do. We are, however, in financial dire straits given the amount of arrests we are experiencing. We appeal to OWS to please send aid (Bail money, demonstrators, advisors etc.) if you can. Our occupation has been growing stronger by the day but we fear the end result, should the Tampa police intend to charge all members of OT they arrest with felony charges based on fabricated facts.
Please feel free to email me with your response, or I can be reached by phone virtually 24 hours a day.Warm regards,Ryan Meador
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