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Alabama Protests FBI Repression of Anti-War Activists

By Laura Langley

Tuscaloosa SDS leads a protest against FBI repression of anti-war activists.

Tuscaloosa, AL – A dozen people gathered in front of the downtown Federal Building on Tuesday Oct. 5 to protest the FBI raids and repression of peace activists.  The protest was part of a national day of action against the first day of scheduled grand jury proceedings for the targeted peace activists. The University of Alabama chapter of Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) organized the protest.  Students were joined by faculty as well as members of the local community.

“The FBI is making it clear that the U.S. government is committed to imperialism and international interference,” said Pia Garber, one of the students in attendance. “Their actions will only make the anti-war movement stronger and bring more people together to say we've had enough!”

A statement from Tuscaloosa SDS about the FBI raids reads in part:

Tuscaloosa SDS condemns the FBI raids on peaceful anti-war activists. We find it disturbing that in our 'free' society this kind of political repression is occurring.  We stand in solidarity with the victims of the raids as well as all fighters for justice and social equality throughout the world.  We will not be scared or deterred from continuing to fight for justice in our own communities, and the FBI cannot stop the people’s movement from moving forward.

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Tuscaloosa SDS condemned the FBI raids on peaceful anti-war activists.

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