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(en) Canada, Montreal CALL OUT FOR MARCH 15th 2005: 9th INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY*!

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Thu, 10 Feb 2005 13:35:06 +0100 (CET)


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The year 2004 reminded us once again that the police harass, brutalize,
and assassinate with impunity. Using tickets, batons, choke holds, pepper
spray, tasers and guns, the police serve and protect the state, the rich,
and their property. The victims of these abuses are most often the
marginalized, the poor, the youth, people of colour, immigrants,
indigenous people, and activists. We are certainly not missing any
examples for proof…
The Police Service of the City of Montreal (SPVM) continued their crusade
against what they have deemed “anti-social activities”, thus sex workers,
homeless folks, and the street kids. Jean-Pierre Lizotte and Michel Morin,
two homeless folks dead at the hands of the police in 1999 and in 2002,
are direct victims of this policy of social cleansing. In parallel to
this, the SPVM installed surveillance cameras on lampposts throughout
downtown. The Robotcam Project, which is one step closer towards stricter
social control, has once again reduced the amount of public space that
escapes the watchful eye of the police. In the poor neighbourhoods, like
Centre-Sud, Verdun and Hochelega-Maisonneuve, Cyclope Projects have been
put in place to encourage the population to spy on their neighbours and
to collaborate with the police. Under the pretext of fighting against
street prostitution, they encourage people to squeal on each other. In
Huntington, the mayor Stéphane Gendron has forced parents to act as cops
towards their children by threatening them with fines should their kids
not respect the curfew… The SPVM squad working on political repression
didn’t take any breaks this year. In January, 31 union workers of CSN
were arrested and accused of mischief, illegal assembly and intimidation
for occupying the office of Monique Jérôme-Forget. During the work
conflict at the SAQ, the police once again showed which side they’re on
by arresting some strikers and by defending the abuses of the private
security agents. In May, 22 people were arrested and charged with illegal
assembly during an anarchist demonstration in Westmount. The bike
protesters of Critical Mass were also attacked twice by the SPVM, who
threatened, arrested and gave them tickets. In November, no less than 191
people who were demonstrating against the Quebec Liberal Party caucus
meeting were arrested and received fines.
In 2004, the police once again assassinated numerous people with impunity.
Among others, Rohan Wilson, a 28 year-old Black man, was killed by the
SPVM in NDG in February. Joe David, a Mohawk from Kanehsatake, also died
in May after receiving wounds inflicted by agents of the Kanehsatake
Mohawk Police (KMP) who shot him in the back in 1999. Terry Isaac, one of
the officers implicated in this murder, is now chief of the KMP. One
couple has just filed a complaint against him this summer for being
roughed up and arrested without reason by him and his goons. 24 community
members have also been accused of “taking part in a riot” and of
“forcible confinement of police officers” after the events of January
12th.
On the immigration front, the non-status Mohamed Cherfi is still being
detained in the U.S. where he was deported in March after being arrested
by the Quebec City Police in a church. He is facing deportation to
Algeria where he risks being tortured. The Palestinian refugee Ahmad
Nafaa who was arrested in November in the metro of Montreal was also
deported to the U.S. and is now facing deportation to a refugee camp in
Lebanon. In December, the Basque political refugees Gorka and Eduardo
were put in prison again. Gorka was released after being beaten by the
prison guards at Rivière-Des-Prairies, but both of them are still facing
deportation to Spain where they have already been tortured. In the case
of Adil Charkaoui, he is still detained without any charges since his
arrest in May 21st 2003 under a security certificate. Based on secret
evidence, CSIS suspects him of being an Al-Qaeda “sleeping agent” and
wants him deported to Morocco where he also risks being tortured…
Tuesday March 15th 2005, join our movement against police brutality,
impunity, social cleansing, racial profiling and political repression.
Let’s make those killer cops, sidekick judges and corrupt politicians
know that we will not tolerate any more abuse. We will not let them rest
in peace until they stop harassing us, brutalizing us, arresting us,
putting us in prison, deporting us, torturing us and killing us. An
attack against one person is an attack against us all! We have had enough
of police abuse and impunity! This has got to stop!!

9th DEMONSTRATION AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY
MARCH 15th 2005 AT 5PM AT ST-LAURENT METRO

Organized by the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality (COBP)
(514) 859-9065, cobp@hotmail.com, www.cobp-mtl.com
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* Originally called for MARCH 15th 1997 anarchist day against
police brutality by a Swiss anarchist collective


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