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(en) US, Phoenix, Media, More than 50 self-described anarchists and pacifists Marchers Protest Police Brutality

From Dan Clore <clore@columbia-center.org>
Date Thu, 23 Oct 2003 11:48:24 +0200 (CEST)

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More than 50 self-described anarchists and pacifists marched
through downtown Phoenix Wednesday evening in commemoration
of the eighth annual National Day of Protest Against Police Brutality.
Chanting anti-police slogans and holding up signs that
called for the disarmament of officers, the protesters
marched down Washington Street to the Phoenix Police
Department headquarters.
There, under the watchful eye of police officers on horse,
foot and bicycle, the protesters directed their rage toward
the building.

Some jeered and danced. Others sneered and made obscene
gestures. And others simply held their signs up in defiance.

The protesters consisted of the following groups:

Phoenix Copwatch and Tempe Copwatch, which try to prevent
police brutality by videotaping officers as they interact
with civilians.

Women in Black Phoenix, part of an international network
of women opposed to war and militarism.

Food Not Bombs, a local chapter of the national anti-war
group that helps feed the homeless.

Free to Camp Coalition, a Tempe group that is trying to
repeal the city ordinance that forbids homeless people from
sleeping on the streets.

On Friday, the groups will attend a candlelight vigil for
Mario Madrigal Jr., the 15-year-old killed by Mesa police on
Aug. 25. The vigil will begin at 6 p.m. in front of the Mesa
Police Station, 130 N. Robson.

Assorted groups take to streets in downtown Phoenix
by Carlos Miller
The Arizona Republic
Dan Clore

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