Last week, dozens of bikers joined John Harrington, founder of Shield Tactical, in his efforts to help get Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi freed from a Mexican prison.
“We want to stand up for our own,” said Mollie Powell who flew in from Florida to join the protest. “We have a duty to serve each other. If we don’t stand for him, what happens when they come for you?”
The bikers organized at a local Harley shop in San Diego and then rallied near the border to protest Tahmooressi’s unjust imprisonment.
Sgt. Tahmooressi has been rotting in a Mexican prison since March 31st, charged with weapons trafficking for accidentally entering that country with three of his registered firearms.
Harrington, who has traveled over 1,400 miles by motorcycle to lead the charge, says that he and his fellow riders will stage another protest at the border on the 4th of July.
Sgt. Tahmooressi, who suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, said the treatment from the Mexican prison guards worsened after his failed escape. He says the guards stripped him, chained him to a bed, and beat him so many times in the face that he felt his jaw fall out of place.
He also said that he went a full 24 hours without a single drop of water:
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It’s been nearly a month since a State Department official said they have raised concerns with Mexican authorities about his treatment.
“We’ve been very engaged,” said Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki, according to Fox News. “We’ll continue to press the case.”
“All it would take is one phone call,” protester James Reid said, “president to president, and he’d be coming home. And I don’t understand why that is not happening.”
“By all accounts from the people who were on the ground with him, Bergdahl was nowhere near the patriot that Sgt. Tahmooressi,” Harrington said. “Yet, we seem to have moved heaven and earth to get him home.”
Harrington, who is not an American military veteran, said he would have come alone but “thank God American patriots didn’t make me. We will be back.”
No word yet if John Kerry will vacation in Nantucket for the 4th of July, as he did on Memorial Day weekend, while Sgt. Tahmooressi remains in a Mexican slammer.
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