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May 18th: Waco

18 May

In 1993 there was a community located outside of Waco, Texas of Branch Davidian believers. Their compound was known as Mt. Carmel. The leader of the group was David Koresh.

David Koresh was accused of misconduct and sexual abuse. The group was suspected of stockpiling illegal weapons. ATF authorities got a search warrant to find the weapons. It turns out that the Branch Davidians were legally purchasing many weapons, but the ATF used the excuse that some of the parts they were purchasing could potentially be used to modify weapons illegally.

A professional advised them against arrested Koresh at the compound, saying that because of the brainwashing his followers were likely to respond violently.

When the ATF began investigating the gun issue, Koresh invited them to come inspect the compound and guns and paperwork- but they declined.

So based on what is most likely a combination of prejudice, lies, speculation and repression the ATF raided the WACO compound on February 28th, 1993. The Davidians were tipped off about the raid, and despite knowing this the ATF continued with it. Koresh came out to meet the ATF when they arrived, unarmed. At that point, shots were fired. It is still disputed as to which party fired the first shots.

Over the next 2 hours a gun battle ensued. 4 ATF agents were killed, and 16 more were injured. 5 Davidians were killed- 2 by friendly fire. Continue reading

May 3rd- Fred Hampton

3 May

Fred Hampton was a Black Panther who was assassinated by the government on December 4th 1969. He was a member of the Illinois branch of the Black Panther Party. He was shot to death while he lay in bed. His murder is one of the more blatant political assassinations in the USA. He was killed by Cook County, Chicago, and FBI officers.

He was targeted because he and the Black Panther Party represented a serious threat to the status quo of capitalist Amerikkka. He was targeted specifically because he was a good organizer and motivator, and thus a very useful member of the BLack Panther Party.

The brutality of the FBI and government is a point to be emphasized in this case. An FBI informant drugged the members of the household at dinner with a barbituate. They were all drugged and asleep when the house was raided. The Panthers did not even have the oppourtunity to react in self defense . And yet, deadly force was still used to murder Hampton. The police statements after the fact characterized the panthers as violent. The police and the government blatantly have lied about the entire situation, which should make it clear to all revolutionaries that they are never to be trusted. They will make up lies to cover their butts after they act outside of the law.

The documentary on this case, called The Murder of Fred Hampton is being screened tonight at 8 at the Wingnut. We will hold future screenings if people are interested in seeing the film.