HILO, HAWAII– A protest rally was held on Wednesday August 18, 2010, in downtown Hilo for Cannabis activist Roger Christie, now being held without bail at the Honolulu Federal Detention Center.
Several hundred protesters gathered at the Hilo bayfront to hear citizens speaking out on behalf of Christie and the other 13 members of the “Green 14″ — members of the Hawai`i Cannabis Ministry now under a federal indictment.
It was standing room only for many attendees, as the gazebo bleachers at Mo’Oheau County Park were packed. At least three local police officers were observed watching proceedings quietly in the background.
There were no incidents.
Following the rally, protesters marched down Kamahameha Ave toward the Federal Building, holding “Free Roger Christie” signs and banners, and chanting “No victim, no crime”.
It took about 10 minutes for all the marchers to get safely across Waianuenue Ave, crossing in groups with the green light. Marchers waiting for the light in front of Cronies restaurant, located in the Moses building, were surprised by a waiter who emerged from the restaurant to ask how long it would take to clear the street.
Eventually the entire group of 200-300 people arrived at the Federal Building, where protesters again demanded Christie’s release on bond before his trial, now scheduled for April 26, 2011.
The event was coordinated by the newly formed Cannabis Charity Education and Defense Fund of Hawaii. Another rally and march to protest Christie’s detention has been scheduled for Wednesday, September 22, 2010.
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