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(en) Canada, Police Attack at York University

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Date Fri, 21 Jan 2005 14:51:29 +0100 (CET)


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Peaceful protestors at York University today, gathered to speak out
against the unjust inauguration of US President George W Bush,
were brutally attacked by Toronto Police and York Security Officers.
Members of Autonomy & Solidarity were on the scene, and have
been working hard to put together some independent coverage of the
events as they went down. Watch the A&S website story here for
more info, including video and audio on this story.

On January 20th 2004, thousands of people around the world
protested the inaugeration of US President George W. Bush. At York
University in Toronto, the Grass Roots Anti-Imperialist Network
(GRAIN) and allies from local unions and community groups in
solidarity with a call for a global disruption of empire under the
People's Global Action hallmarks, organized a
speakout and mass leaflet at York University, under the demands of
"No to Empire, No to Campus Repression, Killer
Corporations off our Campus". Six hundred pamphlets
detailing ties between Toronto's York University and
various corporate oppressors (among them Lockheed Martin and
Exxon Mobil) were distributed, amidst a backdrop of speeches from
GRAIN members and various community groups. The 50-100
students who had gathered to outline York's ties to
global and local oppression, racism, and imperialist globalization,
were then forcibly dispersed by police called in on the orders of the
York Administration. The police with the aid of York security guards
then proceeded to arrest and beat five organizers. The action, which
represented the latest effort by York-based activists to stand up for
free speech and resist corporate power on campus, was brutally
repressed, with cops hospitalizing one young organizer. The events of
the day exhibit the York insitution's willingness to
clamp down on any organized resistance, and the need for more
research, popular education and direct action to build a movement for
real democracy and justice on campus. Autonomy and Solidarity
brings you statements, photos and video related to this action and its
aftermath.

We encourage you to copy the content of this site and mirror it in
other locations.
--------------The Leaflet------------------
Yesterday, York Security and Toronto Police
brutally beat and arrested 5 students who were
peacefully protesting York University's ties to the
US war machine. Join us at 1pm today (Friday
January 21st) in Vari Hall to watch video foot-
age of this incident and to exercise our rights of
assembly and freedom of speech at York University.
Video footage, photos, and more information concerning the events
of January 20th are available at http://auto_sol.tao.ca For more info call
(416) 258-8159 or email yorkactive@yahoo.com



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