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(en) March 15th, 2005, Ninth International Day Against Police Brutality*

From idapb@lycos.com
Date Sun, 16 Jan 2005 07:59:25 +0100 (CET)


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Ninth year of the International Day Against Police Brutality (IDAPB). It first
began in 1997 as an initiative of the Black Flag collective in Switzerland, with
the help of the Montreal Collective Opposed to Police Brutality. The
date was chosen because on March 15th, two children, aged 11 and
12, were beaten by the Swiss police.
March 15th, 2005, will mark the ninth year of the International Day Against
Police Brutality (IDAPB). It first began in 1997 as an initiative of the
Black Flag collective in Switzerland, with the help of the Montreal Collect
ive Opposed to Police Brutality. The date was chosen because on March 15th,
two children, aged 11 and 12, were beaten by the Swiss police.

We are individuals who have been involved in organizing IDAPB
events for the past two years in Vancouver. This time around we
preparing for a march through the streets on the night of March 15th,
starting at 7:00 pm at Victory Square on the corner of Hastings and
Cambie Street.

We are not calling for a protest or a demonstration. Our purpose is
not to whine to the media about how awful the police are. Instead, we
want to open up space for people that are directly affected by police
brutality to express their anger and take action. We are not a charity,
religious, or legal group trying to save the poor.

We are individuals who do not want to live under the clubs and
watchful eyes of the cops, and we want to fight alongside those who
feel the same way. We choose to organize independently from all
political activist groups and parties, and encourage others to form
affinity groups and initiate actions against police control. Events
leading up to March 15th are also in the works.

In every society the police are the frontline soldiers and occupying
army in service of the rich. Vancouver itself is the product of the
violent displacement, imprisonment and forced religious
indoctrination of the indigenous peoples of the Sto:lo, Squamish, and
Tsleil-Waututh nations. The Vancouver police murder of Frank Paul
(a Mi\u2019kmaq man) in 1998, the non-investigation of the missing
women cases, and the escalated police occupation of the Downtown
Eastside since April 2003 are only the most recent examples of this
ongoing legacy of colonialism. The police brutality and killings that
make the headlines are only the tip of the iceberg. The real problem is
the parasitic economic system that the cops are paid to defend.

The Vancouver Police Department is fighting a war for control of the
city. With the Safe Streets Act and the ongoing yuppification of
Vancouver neighbourhoods, this war can only escalate. IDAPB is a
step towards building effective resistance to the police at a practical
level.

With respect to the memory of Vancouver residents killed by the
police (Gerald Chenery, Robert Bagnell, Roman Andreichikov,
Chistopher Ecklund, Benny Matson, Jeff Berg, Frank Paul, and
others), let\u2019s take the streets on March 15th.

Independent IDAPB Organizing Group - Vancouver

idapb@lycos.com
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* Editor Q: I wonder if your group is anarchist or an antiauthoritarian
equivalent.

IDAPB A: Yes, we are anti-authoritarians/anarchists.



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