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September 8th, 2005
02:02 pm

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So why didn't they just walk out? (answered, in part)
So today Making Light quotes a report on how people were turned away from at least one bridge out of New Orleans by gunfire from the Gretna Police. Repeatedly.

They didn't just walk out of the city and into dry ground where they could have gotten water and food because the authorities didn't let them. And this was after one group of enterprising people pooled their resources and ordered a fleet of busses to come to new Orleans and get them (from a paramedics convention) but had those busses commandeering by the military when they hit city limits. So they walked en mass to a police station that lied and told them they could walk across that bridge, to get them to stop being encamped by the station in the hundreds.

In the middle there is a story about how part of the group organized a small group of maybe 90 people who got organized and were living on an unused section of freeway (on the approach to that bridge, as I understand it) in cobbled together shelter that the military destroyed to get them to disperse as though they were a mob.

This is... this is all so sad.

And angering.

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From:maudelynn
Date:September 8th, 2005 11:43 am (UTC)
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i cannot think about it anymore or i will not be able to function. I have been weepy since the 29th. i am very anxiously waiting to talk to some friends and see what they have to say about all this as they were there for part of it and have to go back to it soon. i will let you know what they experienced if it is ok with them
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