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Thursday, October 1, 2009

A final note on today's Pitt rally ...

Posted By on Thu, Oct 1, 2009 at 1:14 PM

Among the speakers who will be at a free-speech rally at Schenley Plaza tonight is one Ryan Geibl. Geibl allegedly spent 19 hours in the ICU because of being gassed by police, according to a release just issued.

According to prior conversations I've had with organizers of this event, Geibl will narrate how he was trapped in a stairwell, where he was allegedly exposed to multiple canisters' worth of case. The concentration of gas in a confined space, I'm told, resulted in lung hemorrhaging.

If all of that is true, it could give the lie to this statement made by Luke Ravenstahl earlier this week.

Like I said: We've only begun hearing from the students. 

According to the release, other speakers at the rally will include:

-- Genevieve Redd, Pitt ACLU President
-- Justin Wasser, Pitt Student Activist
-- Jessica Benner and Pete Shell, co-chairs of the Thomas Merton Center Antiwar Committee
-- Keith DeVries, Pitt student who was unlawfully arrested and will talk about repression of the press
-- Paradise Gray and Jasiri X of the community group One HOOD
-- Erin Gill and Sara Rose of the ACLU
-- "Other students who were traumatized by police or who witnessed events in Oakland Friday night"

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