And so the threats have begun against the advocates for immigration reform on Saipan. The Marianas Variety carries a story about the protest rally to take place this weekend and anonymous commenters are making non-specific threats against the participants:
saipan1haole 2010-05-14 12:38Too bad the First Amendment doesn't give you the right to violate somebody else's Civil Rights. Another threat made on the website:
Your parade is a foolish idea. Do not be surprised when people show up and let you know what they think about you. A guest who suddenly act like he is the owner might not receive a warm treatment any longer. There may be signs you may not appreciate. And I certainly hope that no one decides to shower your parade with food donations of tomatoes or eggs. Your public gloating may bear fruits that you might not appreciate. One should wait until you have your green card in hand before you aggravate the islanders. As they say, it is not over until the fat lady sings.
firstname.lastname@example.org 2010-05-14 15:03If something were to happen this weekend I hope that the perpetrators are prosecuted for committing hate crimes.
An explosive situation awaiting just a tiny spark. We know our people and if something goes wrong, please don't say we didn't warn you.
This is how to respond to threats: somebody threatens you in the hopes of making you too afraid to show up. Now you have to show up. If you were waffling on whether or not you were going to go, now you have to go. Now it is about more than immigration reform. It's about Civil Rights, Freedom of Speech, and Freedom. Never, never let some one shout you down to shut you up.