[NetBehaviour] current story

Alan Sondheim sondheim at panix.com
Tue Jun 2 09:15:11 CEST 2020

Not hopeful here at all, lots of explosions, cars driving out of the area 
at high speed, people carrying loot in front of our place - all started 
around 11, we think our street's been hit bad but we can't go out and look 
tonight, too dangerous - we had to call the cops at one point as people 
were trying to break into the bars below us. It's toxic.

This definitely isn't protest, not at this hour, these people. This is a 
video game. Sirens still going on at 3:15, screeching tires, people 
running, carrying stuff.

- Alan

On Tue, 2 Jun 2020, Max Herman wrote:

> Stay safe Alan. I truly believe this is not protest, nor anything to do with
> justice for George Floyd.
> There's footage now of a young white Chicago man handing out explosive
> devices to people in my neighborhood last week telling them to throw them at
> the police station. He livestreamed himself doing it if you can imagine.
> Be hopeful too. The national guard being here has stopped the insanity at
> night, not by any use of force but just by having some level of civil
> authority present. They have behaved professionally. The curfew has helped
> too, allowing police to find the violent instigators and get fire trucks to
> the fires. The real protests are thriving during the day, with wonderful
> grace. People are helping each other, connecting, and healing, distributing
> food, cleaning up, and grieving.
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> of Alan Sondheim <sondheim at panix.com>
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> Subject: Re: [NetBehaviour] current story
> It's our turn now, riots and fire downtown central Providence, a few
> blocks from here. We knew about it ahead of time. There were warnings.
> Looting in a relatively poor city. We can hear explosions going off, what
> sounded like fireworks and gunfire. I can't think straight. I want to get
> the hell out of this country. This is way beyond protest, this is
> ultraviolence here. Louder explosions now.
> The warnings were four or five hours ago. So people were coming in to
> cause trouble. Earlier there were white motorcycle gangs around.
> Apologies, can't think straight.
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