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More to come in North Prov-IWW conflict

The ProJo reports today that the Providence chapter of the Industrial Workers of the World plans an August 26 march in North Providence to highlight what it calls the prevalence of "police brutality" in Rhode Island, and that Attorney General Patrick Lynch has started a review of the initial conflict and the injuries suffered by Alex Svoboda.

Michael J. Healey, Lynch’s spokesman, said Lynch’s call should not be seen as a response to the “laundry list of demands” that members of the IWW issued Tuesday — one was that Lynch investigate Saturday’s events.

Rather, he said, Lynch was taking the step “because it’s the right thing to do.”

“The photographs I have seen depict a serious injury and are certainly very troubling,” Lynch said in a statement issued last night. “I can only hope Alexandra’s recovery is swift and complete. The photographs constitute only a snapshot, however, of the end-result of a series of incidents whose chronological facts need to be fully explored and developed before any conclusions are reached.

The Journal's account indicated that IWW members from across the Northeast have been invited to take part in the march "down the center of Mineral Spring Avenue."

This has the potential to get ugly since, as at least one caller told John DePetro this morning, some North Providence residents plan to turn out to express their sharp opposition to the IWW marchers.

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