Update: SnitchWire would encourage readers to look over the comment Brennus left, which might clear a lot of things up. The alleged snitch has issued a statement regarding the matter in which he regrets even speaking with police officers and maintains that he is no snitch. As more details emerge we'll update with as much information as we can gather. Solidarity with the university occupations, all arrested students, workers and organizers!
We've been following the This is Our Emergency blog for news on the university revolts in California. There has been a 32% increase in tuition and students are marching and blockading streets in retaliation. This situations has been brewing for quite some time amongst radicalized students and organizers across the country, including New York City.
ratted out local Bay Area organizer Doug Gilbert for allegedly dropping some knowledge on an angry crowd of students about liberal student organizers fulfilling the same role as the police for not letting the students directly engage with the administration. Perhaps the bargaining chip of an occupation was at stake here as well, but Doug is sitting in the clink on $15,000 bail looking at two felonies for inciting a riot at UC Berkeley. Fuck that! Check back here soon for more information on the informant (rumors are circulating that it might be someone named Roland, and/or a white male organizer from the school) and ways to support Doug.
Infoshop News reports that Doug's arrest was equally heinous:
Doug Gilbert was targeted specifically because of his political views. Upon leaving the rally, police on bicycles followed him down Telegraph Avenue. Inside of a local restaurant, police violently confronted two comrades, before proceeding to the back of the establishment and arresting Doug while in the restroom. Berkeley CopWatch filmed the arrest. When they asked police what this comrade was being arrested for, the pigs responded “he can tell you later.”
A student activist was seen talking to police, specifically pointing out several individuals, including Doug. Further, CopWatch was told by bystanders that the cops said something along the lines of “there's that anarchist,” immediately before the arrest was made. This exemplifies two truths of the present social order: the liberal student movement is by nature a recuperative force, and seeks to further empower the state, rather than students & workers; and the police use fear tactics to demoralize and intimidate us. This arrest was not made to further justice; this arrest was not made because of any wrongdoing; this arrest was made purely for the sake of intimidating all of us.
Doug is charged with “Inciting to Riot” and a misdemeanor. Inciting to Riot alone carries up to a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail. He has had bail set at $15,000. These charges are completely ridiculous. No violence occurred at Berkeley today. No one rioted, no one got hurt, no property was destroyed. The charges, and the bail amount, are designed solely to intimidate us. Those interested in showing support and solidarity with Doug should come (with all their friends!) to:
Wiley W. Manuel Courthouse (Alameda County)
661 Washington St.
Ask for Doug Gilbert's case
The time and date for Doug's arraignment is at 2:00 PM today, Thursday Nov. 19th