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. Hereâ€™s an Indymedia story on the incident; be warned, the pictures are nauseating.
As of today sheâ€™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 thereâ€™s lots of misinformation. We keep hearing that she suffered from a â€œdislocated knee.â€ While technically true that totally belittles what sheâ€™s been through. In typical response sheâ€™s been charged with 3 felony counts of assaulting an officer, so apart from healing her leg sheâ€™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. Alexâ€™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. Itâ€™s about raising awareness, disseminating information, and simply saying, if you engage in practices I donâ€™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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