An Organizing Project of members of the Democratic Socialists of America, Freedom Road Socialist Organization and Willamette Reds.
Saturday, March 11, 2017
"They took our digital fingerprints and took mugshots of us for their file. They confiscated our cell phones and we were denied the possibility of contacting our families and loved ones. Around 10:30 pm, two prison officers frisked us, handcuffed us and brought us to jail in a police car. We spent the night in jail and had been escorted there as though we were three criminals. The following day, after having completed all jail-related procedures (mugshots, declaration of good health and signatures), two other agents came to get us. We were searched, handcuffed and again escorted in a police car. They took us to the customs office we were in the previous day and we waited for our return flight which was scheduled for around 1:00 pm local time. Only a short while prior to taking off were we able to get back our cell phones and bags and we were escorted right up to the airplane. We were relieved to fly back home and distance ourselves from that violent, stressful and humiliating situation."---Statement from Italian band Soviet Soviet after being denied entrance to the United States for SXSW on Wednesday.