August 14th, 2007

Alexandra Svoboda, our friend, comrade, and the producer of Biketalk on WBSR suffered a grotesquely broken leg at the hands of North Providence police on saturday. Here’s an Indymedia story on the incident; be warned, the pictures are nauseating.

As of today she’s in good condition, having undergone 2 surgeries and anticipating at least one more. I visited her on sunday and she was cogent and in good spirits.

Already the media frenzy is whipping up, and there’s lots of misinformation. We keep hearing that she suffered from a “dislocated knee.” While technically true that totally belittles what she’s been through. In typical response she’s been charged with 3 felony counts of assaulting an officer, so apart from healing her leg she’s going to have to deal with that.

The protest was a solidarity march with workers at HWH/Dragonland, a New York based food distributor accused of denying its workers the right to organize, as well as appropriate pay and overtime.

So just a couple of points. Alex’s injuries are serious, and wildly out of proportion with the alleged infractions.

And the issues at HWH are serious. Especially in a global economy, the only way to pressure companies that abuse their employees (or the environment, the local community, etc) is through this sort of action. It’s about raising awareness, disseminating information, and simply saying, if you engage in practices I don’t agree with, I will take my business elsewhere.

It was a peaceful protest. There is no excuse for this level of violence from the police.

Watch this space for updates, and best wishes to Alex for a quick recovery.

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