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Friday, June 06, 2008

オハイオ州コロンバスでロング・ウォーカーズ(北回りルート)が警察から攻撃される

news6月2日の月曜日のこと、ロンゲストウォーク北回りルートの一行が祈りと共にコロンバス市内を歩いている途中、行きなり横付けにされた特捜の車両から降りてきた10人ほどのティーザー銃(スタンガン)で武装した警官たちに威嚇され、オハイオ州当局にウォークの許可が出されているかどうかの確認をとることもなく、有無を言わせず逮捕・連行されるという理不尽な事件が発生した。

2月11日にサンフランシスコのアルカトラツ島を発って以来4ヶ月がたつがこれまで一度もトラブルらしいトラブルはなかった。北回りのウォーカーズは7月11日に南回りの一行と合流してワシントンDCに入る予定だが。詳細は不明。

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こんにちは。
記事を読んで、驚きました。

このウォークには、日本から参加されている方も
いますし、とにかく世界のあちこちから参加者が
集った平和的に行われているウォークに対して、
今の時代に(という見方も偏っているとは思います
が)、古くから行われてきた、一方的なこのような
やり方が現在も当たり前に通ってしまうことを、
改めて痛感しています。

選挙戦では民主党はオバマ氏が勝利宣言を
しましたが、今のところは人権に関する面からも
支持を集めている様子、今後は人々の関心が
‘人権’ に益々強く向けられる世の中になっていく
だろうと思うと、希望的観測に過ぎないかもしれ
ませんが、その勢いがインディアンの方々の社会
へも及んで、彼らの自由が他の人種と同様に
認められていくことを、心から祈りたいです。

そうなることを、そのように変わっていく様子を、
強く心の中で想像し、思い描いていようと
おもいます。

Posted by: Rin | Saturday, June 07, 2008 at 10:35 AM

内容なご存知だと思いますが、ビッグマウンテンのバヒから来たメールを貼付けます。北ルートは現在日本人ウォーカーはいないと思われます。WALK IN BEAUTY ! ハル

Tuesday, June 3, 2008
Ohio police attack Long Walkers

By Brenda Norrell
Censored News

COLUMBUS Ohio – Unprovoked Columbus, Ohio police, attacked Long Walkers, by first pointing a taser at the head of Michael Lane and then forcing Luv the Mezenger to the ground and handcuffing him.
The Longest Walk Northern Route was walking this prayer through Columbus on Monday, June 2, when squad cars and arrest wagons arrived. Without discussion of the purpose of the prayer walk, or even verify that the Ohio Department of Transportation had been notified of the prayer walk, police attacked the walkers.
Michael Lane, who arrived on the walk with his wife, Sharon Heta, Maori, and their children from New Zealand, was targeted by police with a taser.
As dozens of police came at the walkers, a police officer held a taser three feet away from Lane’s head.
Luv the Mezenger from Los Angeles went to the aid of Lane. At that point, police officers threw Luv on the ground and handcuffed him. Luv has been on the walk since it left California in February, walking over a stretch of the Sierra Nevada Mountains on snowshoes.
Lane, who has a law degree from the University of Arizona, said the worst part of being targeted by a police officer with a taser was that it terrified his daughters who only knew that a gun was being pointed at their father’s head.
Across the continent, police-induced deaths from tasers have increased.
Luv suffered minor injuries from the police attack. Police made no arrests.
Govinda Dalton, broadcasting on the live Longest Walk Talk radio on Earthcycles web radio, said, “They came to arrest the walkers with paddy wagons without even having a discussion as to what the walk is about, or the fact that the Ohio Department of Transportation has already been contacted.”
The harassment by Ohio police continued today, Tuesday, June 3, when police ordered Longest Walk drummers off an area at the Ohio State Capitol. However, the Long Walkers continued with their press conference and aired statements on their loud speaker at the capitol.
It has been almost four months since the prayer walk began on Alcatraz, on Feb. 11. Until June 2, there were no attacks on the walkers. In fact, the majority of the governors in the states that the northern route has walked through have issued proclamations of support for the Longest Walk 2.
The Longest Walk 2 for Mother Earth and protection of sacred places is being walked thirty years after the original 1978 Longest Walk, a prayer walk for Indian rights and the recognition of the inherent sovereignty of Indian people and Indian Nations.
Listen for interviews on Earthcycles’ Longest Walk Talk Radio which has archived 400 interviews with walkers and people along the route since the walk left Alcatraz, on issues all across America.
The radio topics, voiced by people across America, have included the rise of the police state in the United States, the targeting of American Indians by city, state and federal police, the rise of xenophobia and the television-fueled, fear-mongering by the Bush administration in the violations of federal law and rights guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution, including free speech.
The radio topics include global climate change, nuclear testing and gold mining on Western Shoshone lands, Paiute traditional hunting and gathering rights, scientists battling Paiutes for 10,000 year old Spirit Cave Man remains, the Kickapoo Nation without water in Kansas, Navajo coal mining and relocation, Nazi-style forces at the US/Mexico border and the destruction of Tohono O’odham ancestor remains for the border wall.
Those interviewed, including Mohawks at the northern border and Maori from New Zealand, discussed Canada and New Zealand’s oppression Indigenous Peoples and attacks on sovereign peoples. There are also interviews on America’s economic collapse and war profiteering, the proliferation of power plants to enrich Bush’s corporate donors, profiteering by private security contractors and private prisons for migrants and the cost of the bogus war in Iraq: American Indians and people of color considered expendables to die in Iraq.
Walkers on the northern route converge with walkers on the southern route to march into Washington on July 11.
Listen to the latest interviews about the prayer walkers attacked by Ohio police:
http://www.earthcycles.net

Posted by brendanorrell@gmail.com


"A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved."
--The Great Wizard of Oz (Character of a Hollywood flick)

Posted by: ハル | Sunday, June 08, 2008 at 11:08 AM

SF在住のWalkのコーディネイターに
メールで今回のことを尋ねたところ、
次のように返信がありました。
要約してお伝えします。

北ルートのコーディネーターやデニス・バンクスと会って
直接話を聞いたところ、結果的には誰も逮捕はされず、
リーダー達は冷静に対応している。
しかし、当事者や若い人たちはエクサイティングしているようだ。
今回のことは警察内部のコミュニケーションの問題であり、
抗議はしても引きずるべきではないと判断している。

以上です。

Posted by: hopiseed | Sunday, June 08, 2008 at 11:40 PM

ハルさん、どうも。同じ人の書いた続きの記事です。とにかく出発以来こうしたトラブルが皆無だったために、これを読むかぎり、いまだに女性や子供たちが恐怖におびえているらしいです。

Ohio Police terrorized Longest Walk women and children
By Brenda Norrell
http://www.bsnorrell.blogspot.com/


CAMBRIDGE, Ohio -- Seated at the Longest Walk Northern Route camp in the woods, Marie Littlemoon, Mescalero Apache cook and walker, remembers how Columbus, Ohio police grabbed her, bruising her right arm, and terrified the preschoolers in the car, as the walkers walked the prayer near downtown Columbus.
Marie Littlemoon, 60-year-old grandmother, said she was shocked by the brutality of the officers and the way they terrified the children.
"I saw what I thought was a gun pointed at Michael Lane, which was a taser. The taser was only two to three feet from his face, pointed directly between his eyes.
"Immediately to the right, I saw four officers wrestle and throw Luv the Mezenger to the ground. The officers stepped on Luv's neck.
"I immediately got out of the car and began filming. When I tried to ask the officer to let my car with the children go, I was grabbed and spun around. So I kept videotaping the police officer verbally attacking Michael Lane.
"Michael remained very calm and explained we were a peaceful prayer walk. The children's mother tried to reach her children in the car. The police officers would not let her. So I stepped forward while she ran around the other side to get in. I was grabbed again and spun around again.
"At that point, the police were taking Luv to the paddy wagon. I started following and taking pictures, to make sure Luv did not get abused again.
"When I stepped off the sidewalk, they grabbed me again and yanked me back, which bruised my arm. I have a photo of that. The police finally agreed to meet us at the park. We encountered between 15 and 20 officers, waiting to form a blockade of the walk. Finally, the phone calls came in from the lieutenant and the walkers continued walking through Columbus."
As police attacked the walkers, police claimed the prayer walk was a protest and not permitted.
Michael Lane explained that the walkers had come more than 2,500 miles from California and had never been abused by anyone.

Posted by: Kitayama Smiling Cloud Kohei | Monday, June 09, 2008 at 05:54 PM

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