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    Chaos in Utah too!

    It's everyone's worst nightmare come true. Last

    Saturday night, August 20th, 2005, an all-drum&bass

    event in Utah was raided by the National Guard. The

    details are sickening...

    VERSUS II was a 100% fully legal and permitted party

    held with full county permits in a valley surrounded

    by mountains in Utah... I cannot even begin to

    describe the events that unfolded without freaking out

    in rage, so I will repost Knick from Evol Intent's

    account of the atrocity:

    Also, here is a link to the video of the beginning of

    the raid. I cannot believe my eyes:

    Knick of Evol intent puts the night's events into his

    own words::

    Last night, I was booked to play an event about an

    hour outside of Salt Lake City, Utah. The hype behind

    this show was huge, they presold 700 tickets and they

    expected up to 3,000 people total. The promoters did

    an amazing job with the show.. they even made slipmats

    with the flyers on them to promote in local shops.

    So, we got to the show around 11:15 or so and it was

    really cool. It was all outdoors, in a valley

    surrounded by huge mountains. They had an amazing

    light show flashing on to a mountain behind the site,

    the sound was booming, the crowd was about 1500 people

    thick and everything just seemed too good to be true

    really. Well...

    At about 11:30 or so, I was standing behind the stage

    talking with someone when I noticed a helicopter

    pulling over one of the mountain tops. I jokingly said

    "Oh look, here comes big brother" to the person I was

    with. I wasn't far off.

    The helicopter dipped lower and lower and started

    shining its lights on the crowd. I was kind of in awe

    and just sat and watched this thing circle us for a

    minute. As I looked back towards the crowd I saw a guy

    dressed in camoflauge walking by, toting an assault

    rifle. At this point, everyone was fully aware of what

    was going on . A few "troops" rushed the stage and cut

    the sound off and started yelling that everyone "get

    the fuck out of here or go to jail". This is where it

    got really sticky.

    No one resisted. That's for sure. They had police dogs

    raiding the crowd of people and I saw a dog signal out

    a guy who obviously had some drugs on him. The

    soldiers attacked the guy (4 of them on 1), and kicked

    him a few times in the ribs and had their knees in his

    back and sides. As they were cuffing him, there was

    about 1000 kids trying to leave in the backdrop,

    peacefully. Next thing I know, A can of fucking TEAR

    GAS is launched into the crowd. People are running and

    screaming at this point. Girls are crying, guys are

    cussing... bad scene.

    Now, this is all I saw with my own eyes, but I heard

    plenty of other accounts of the night. Now this isnt

    gossip I heard from some candy raver, these are

    instances cited straight out of the promoters mouth..

    • One of the promoters friends (a very small female)
    was attacked by one of the police dogs. As she

    struggled to get away from it, the police tackled her.

    3 grown men proceeded to KICK HER IN THE STOMACH.

    • The police confiscated 3 video tapes in total.
    People were trying to document what was happening out

    there. The police saw one guy filming and ran after

    him, tackled him and his camera fell, and luckily..

    his friend grabbed it and ran and got away. priceless

    footage. That's not all though. Out of 1,500 people,

    there's sure to be more footage.

    • The police were rounding up the staff of the party
    and the main promoter went up to them with the permit

    for the show and said "here, I have the permit." The

    police then said, "no you don't" and ripped the permit

    out of his hand. Then, they put an assault rifle to

    his forehead and said "get the fuck out of here right


    Now.. let's get the facts straight here.

    This event was 100% legal. They had every permit the

    city told them they needed. They had a 2 MILLION

    DOLLAR insurance policy for the event. They had

    liscenced security guards at the gates confiscating

    any alcohol or drugs found upon entry (yes, they

    searched every car on the way in). Oh, I suppose I

    should mention that they arrested all the security

    guards for possession.

    Oh another interesting fact.. the police did not have

    a warrant. The owner of the land already has a lawsuit

    against the city for something similar. A few months

    ago, she rented her land for a party and the police

    raided that as well. And catch this, the police forced

    her to LEAVE HER OWN PERSONAL PROPERTY. That's right.

    They didnt arrest her, but made her leave her own


    Don't get it twisted, this is all going down in

    probably THE most conservative state in the USA. And

    this is scary.. a gross violation of our civil

    liberties. The police wanted this party shut down, so

    they made it happen. Even though everything about this

    event was legal. The promoters spent over $ 20,000 on

    this show and did everything they had to to make it

    legit, only to have it taken away from them by a group

    of radical neo-con's with an agenda.

    This was one of the scariest things I have ever

    witnessed in person. I can't even begin to describe

    how surreal it was. Helicopters, assault rifles, tear

    gas, camoflauge-wearing soldiers.... why? Was that

    really necessary?

    This needs to be big news across the USofA. At least

    in our music scene (edm as a whole)... this could

    happen to any of us at any time. When we're losing the

    right to gather peacefully, we're also letting the

    police set a standard of what we can get away with.

    And I think that's BULLSHIT!

    The system fucked up last night... They broke up a

    party that was 100% legal and they physically hurt a

    lot of people there at the same time. The promoters

    already have 6 lawsuits ready to file with their

    lawyers and the ACLU is already involved.

    I'm sure some pictures (and hopefully some video) will

    surface soon. I'll make sure to post them up here on

    404, so you can see the Police State of America at