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Raid was repressive

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October 7, 2004

Raid was repressive

Armed federal marshals and agents of the FCC stormed Free Radio, toppled their broadcasting antenna and stole $5,000 worth of equipment.

Claims by the FCC that Free Radio broadcasts are illegal because the station is unlicensed are laughable. FCC harassment of Free Radio began long before there was even a licensing process. Under the current process, a license would cost the financially strapped collective tens of thousands of dollars. Yet even if the Free Radio collective had sums of money far beyond their reach, the FCC has made clear that they would not allow Free Radio a license to broadcast anyway.

The current licensing process is set up to make it impossible for micro-broadcasters to gain a license, so the FCC can claim there were legal avenues for those they have silenced.

Federal raids on micro-broadcast stations are a regular form of repression in this country.



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