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U.N. Envoy: U.S. isn’t protecting Occupy protesters’ rights

The United Nations envoy for freedom of expression is drafting an official communication to the U.S. government demanding to know why federal officials are not protecting the rights of Occupy demonstrators whose protests are being disbanded — sometimes violently — by local authorities.

Frank La Rue, who serves as the U.N. “special rapporteur” for the protection of free expression, told HuffPost in an interview that the crackdowns against Occupy protesters appear to be violating their human and constitutional rights

Here’s an perfect example of that violence and deliberate ignoring of civil rights, all apparently ok’ed with a wink and a nod from the Obama Administration.

Open letter from Patrick Meighan, an OccupyLA detainee and a Green Party member:

Dear LA Times,

Speaking as a person who was arrested Wednesday morning at City Hall for the crime of peacefully, respectfully protesting the wholesale fraud perpetrated by our nation’s financial sector, I just want to
say:

I’m not mad that an LAPD officer slammed me face-first into the pavement.

I’m not mad that my personal property was forcibly stolen, destroyed and disposed of by the LAPD.

I’m not mad that my arms were painfully zipcuffed behind my back for 7 consecutive hours.

I’m not mad that the LAPD zipcuffs cut off circulation at my wrists, causing evident nerve damage to my right hand.

I’m not mad that the LAPD spent the entire day refusing to accept all bail postings for nonviolent Occupy LA protesters like myself, while at the same time dutifully bonding and releasing countless violent arrestees back onto L.A.’s streets.

I’m not mad that the LAPD denied me access to a lawyer for the entire duration of my jail stay.

What I’m mad about is that none of the above has been done to even one of the Wall Street criminals who committed the most egregious act of larceny in American history, trashing the lives and futures of millions of Angelenos and hundreds of millions of American citizens.

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