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City defends ‘secret jail’ built for DNC
Posted By admin On August 17, 2008 @ 6:37 pm In U.S. News | Comments Disabled
August 17, 2008
Editor’s note: Glenn Spagnuolo, interviewed in the article below, is one of Recreate 68′s leaders, an organization determined to confront the police in Denver during the DNC later this month. “ReCreate 68 has a massive anti war protest planned for the DNC on the 24th, to which they were never issued a permit for,” writes Jonathan of the Truth Alliance Network. “Sparking the press to cover the story, Glenn Spagnuolo, the organizer of the group, threatened the City of Denver and all who visit the Democratic National Convention with potential violence, making a direct threat regarding his un-permited plan to occupy the Civic Center, ‘If the cops try to stop us, we’ll see what happens.’ The threat estimates there will be 50,000 anti-war demonstrators who will overwhelm law enforcement. Re-create 68 is now on a collision course with law enforcement to re-create the violence of the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.” In other words, it appears Mr. Spagnuolo may be one of the first people to be put in the internment camp he complains about. But then that may be part of the plan, as will discrediting e very other activist group that will be in Denver for the convention.
DENVER – Activist groups say the converted warehouse poses a threat to civil liberties. The city maintains the facility is needed in case of mass arrests during the Democratic National Convention.
The makeshift holding center, dubbed “Gitmo on the Platte” by activists, is located on city-owned property near Steele Street and 38th Avenue. Newly-installed security cameras guard the exterior, chain-link fences and barbed wire form cells inside.
“We feel the city should be ashamed of this secret prison they’ve set up,” said Re-create ’68 organizer Glenn Spagnuolo.
Spagnuolo and other activists gathered outside the formerly-secret facility on Friday to protest the city’s plan to use it as a processing center for all those arrested outside the DNC.
“The public was never going to view this place, it was just found out,” Spagnuolo said. “They got caught with this place. They told our lawyers in negotiations that this place didn’t even exist.”
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