Richard Picariello Court Appearance Friday 12/03

The next hearing in Richard's case will be:

Friday, December 3, 2004 9:00 am
Boston Municipal Court 90 Devenshire St.
(Near Govt Ctr T stop, entrance is in post office sq.)


On Friday, December 3, anti-war activist Richard Picariello will
appear for a pre-trial hearing in Boston Municipal Court. Please
come out in support and to be with Richard in court.

Richard's case is reflective of the increased police harrassment
against the expression of free speech rights and anti-war opposition
in the current period. He was arrested in April after being threatened
by a right wing provocateur while distributing anti-war literature
at Park Street station. And he was arrested again a week later at
the protest against the Bush fundraiser at the Park Plaza hotel in
Boston, simply for being there. When under arrest in the first
instance, the police attempted to interrogate Richard about organizing
for protests against the Democratic National Convention in July.

The case against Richard, a well-known activist with A.N.S.W.E.R
and other anti-war and progressive organizations in the Boston area,
is pure political harrassment and an attempt to chill anti-war
organizing and free speech. It is part of a pattern that has seen
the arrest of Aimee Smith of the Mass. Green-Rainbow Party and the
New England Committee to Defend Palestine at MIT for distributing
flyers at the MIT graduation against the plans for the B.U.
Bioterrorism lab (peoples' action and solidarity has since resulted
in Aimee's charges being dropped); the arrests of the Lafayette 8
while working on a neighborhood cleanup of a lot at Lafayette Square
in Cambridge that had been promised to be developed as a park; the
arrests of the DNC 2, who appear in Boston Municipal Court on
Thursday, December 2; the continued detentions of Arabs, Muslims
and others, and the repressive use of the U.S.A. Patriot Act.

Drop the Charges Against Richard Picariello NOW!

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