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(en) US, Pasadena, Cops disrupt meeitngin Pasadena for an Anti-War Protest

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>(morph3030-A-yahoo.com)
Date Sun, 13 Mar 2005 15:12:32 +0100 (CET)

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On Saturday March 12, the Pasadena Anarchist Collective was having a
meeting to plan for a March 19th Anti-War protest at a gathering in
South Pasadena when two cops in their uniform disrupted the meeting.
They sat in, claiming that they heard of the meeting on PAC's website
(www.pasadenaanarchy.tk <http://www.pasadenaanarchy.tk>), and that the
website said the meeting was open to everyone. As they sat there arrogantly,
they read through the anti-war flyers that sat on the table in Garfield Park.
The discussion of the meeting included creating a banner, flyers, and
building for a March 19th action being planned in Pasadena, marking the
second anniversary of the unjust invasion of Iraq by the U.S. When the
cops arrived I suggested that "Stop the Police State" should be added to
the flyer, ironically the cop argued that we're not living in a police
state (when they were there in their uniform, disrupting the meeting).
This is an open tactic of intimidation and disruption by the agents of
the state. They're afraid that their way of life is being challenged by
young people and revolutionary minded people in general. It is a sign
of the times, when there is open repression by those in power, that
means we are becoming more effective and more influential in society, as
activists in general and as non-authoritarian anarchists in particular.

I think we can't be paralyzed by the state but we can't be naive
either. They have come down on dissidents and imprisoned them, or even
murdered them without apology. We have to be more disciplined and not
underestimate the ruling class and their unwillingness to cooperate
with humanity. The internet is a great tool but be we should be aware
that cops and other agents use the internet to spy on our efforts as well.
Combating Police Brutality

The police in Southern California seem to be on an offensive of murder,
theft, and disrupting people's lives (openly playing the role of an
occupying army). But not only don't they get penalized for their
crimes, they get bonuses, as in the case of Donovan Jackson --
a Black youth who was brutalized by the police in Inglewood and all was
caught on videotape. The cop who beat him, Jeremy Morse, claimed he was
discriminated against for being white and won 1.6 million dollars.

On February 5th, college student Bassim Chmait was murdered by a drunk
off-duty border patrol officer.

On February 7th, 13 year old Black youth Devin Brown was shot ten times
by an LAPD cop after they chased him for supposedly joyriding in a
stolen car.

Yesterday March 12th, in Mid-Wilshire Los Angeles, the INS set up road
blocks and checkpoints, harassing people walking and driving and
checking if they had ID.

I think we have to step things up and not remain on the defensive
tactically. Organizing copwatches (where people observe the police and
tape them while they go on with their business as usual in the
communities harassing, profiling, and intimidating people) has been
effective, and also trainning others how to do copwatches.
Doing this today has to grow in the future to people in communities and
whole regions organizing themselves autonomously and defending
themselves from the police when they are being attacked. They would
rely on themselves in protecting their community and each other.

The police are an oppressive force, that is used as not only to keep us
living in fear, but keep us in line; they are counterinsurgents. They
only protect and serve the interests of the white-supremacist capitalist

They keep us from reaching the understanding that we don't need those in
power and our bosses, but they need us -- and they need us to fall in
line with their agenda driven by their greed and thirst for power.

Stop Police Brutality, Stop the Police State!

Joaquin Cienfuegos

(member of the Los Angeles Collective Network)

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