The Telegram & Gazette reports that my friend Sarah Loy was assaulted (shoved to the ground) by Larry Cirignano, executive director of CatholicVote.org, at an anti-gay-marriage rally in Worcester yesterday. Sarah was part of the pro-gay-marriage contingent.
Sarah Loy, 27, of Worcester was holding a sign in defense of same-sex marriage amid a sea of green â€œLet the People Voteâ€ signs when Larry Cirignano of Canton, who heads the Catholic Citizenship group, ran into the crowd, grabbed her by both shoulders and told her, â€œYou need to get out. You need to get out of here right now.â€ Mr. Cirignano then pushed her to the ground, her head slamming against the concrete sidewalk.
- The Worcester Republican blog tries to spin this as being Sarah’s fault. Way to throw ethics out the window, guys. If you have a problem with someone at a demonstration, and there are cops about, you can first talk with the person, then refer it to the police.
- Photos posted at Indymedia.
- Mass ResistanceWatch also chimes in.
- Michael Ball has a good late-afternoon wrapup.
This is one of those one-in-a-hundred posts where I wish I had a Jay Rosen-type format, so updates to the original post could be handled elegantly.
Worcester police interview Cirignano. Indymedia photo.
Worcester police interview Ms. Loy. Indymedia photo.
(There’s a blank wiki page for Cirignano here.)
Ray Flynn, Sean Cardinal O’Malley, and Larry Cirignano. Photo from Archdiocese of Boston.