UNITE-HERE Local 11 is organizing a protest this evening with the intent of disrupting the opening day of the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) Show. This carefully scripted protest will climax with the staged arrest of dozen or so people, including left-wing Councilman Jose F. Moreno.
“Staged” does not mean fake: the arrests will be real but they will be highly choreographed. UNITE-HERE Local 11 boss Ada Briceno has a list of designated arrestees. The Anaheim police know they’ll be making these arrests and who they’ll be arresting.
So how does one choreograph these symbolic arrests? Anaheim resident, council gadfly former council candidate Duane Roberts described the process in a comment last night on Briceno’s Facebook page, responding to this very question, based on his own experience participating in UNITE-HERE staged arrest event:
Duane Roberts‘ politics are very different from the political philosophy of this website, and while he almost certainly supports the Local 11’s goals, Robert’s is his own man politically.
As noted, these planned arrests may be staged, but the waste of public safety resources to subsidize the political agenda(s) of Briceno and Moreno is very real.