Facebook statement about provocateurs
We are aware that a message is going around Face book warning about provocateurs at the October event. We would like to address any concerns that this may cause.
In early June we received an email from an individual who advocates violence and who wanted to bring a gun to the October event. We responded to him that this is a nonviolent action and that guns are not welcome and that we would inform the police. We chose not to take more action in order not to incite a single individual.
We recognize that there are people who advocate violence and who may attempt to bring weapons. This is a risk inherent in daily life, and increased in a protest situation. Rather than highlight any known individuals (and draw more attention to them, which they want), we have chosen to set precautions in place to the best of our ability. In truth, there may be violent provocateurs that we don't know about, so the best course is prevention.
To those ends we:
1. Are training 'peacekeepers' to keep an eye out for violence and direct people away from it if it should occur.
2. Are requesting that participants undergo nonviolence training in order to know how to respond if violence breaks out.
3. Will have cameras (peace cameras) to video any person(s) who initiate violence and we request that you bring cameras too.
4. Are working with police to make them aware of threats and to isolate counter protesters if they should attend.
We cannot make guarantees that there will be no injuries. We will have medical staff in attendance and the DC ambulance service will be on site at all times for emergencies. We will do our best to prevent violence and ask that you assist by being vigilant and communicating anything of concern to the peacekeepers (who will be wearing green) or to the medical staff (who will be wearing yellow).
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