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(en) US, Portland, June 19th Anarchists March against police violence

Date Tue, 22 Jun 2010 15:35:45 +0300

Recently, the Israeli attacks against the Gaza Freedom Flotilla and the murders of 9 activists, and the ongoing BP oil spill disaster in the Gulf have overshadowed another ongoing crisis right here in liberal Portland: police violence and murders of our citizens, racial profiling and the frequent harassment and targeting of the poor, people of color (especially young black men), and the homeless. Determined to inform the community of this ongoing problem and to demand justice for the recent killings by the cops, the anarchists/Black Bloc took to the streets again in downtown Portland yesterday, June 19th. Pictures at: http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2010/06/400458.shtml ---- About 75-100 anarchists and supporters marched from the waterfront through downtown Portland.

There was a moment of comic relief before the march started when an anarchist noticed a bike cop wearing "evil" socks. The intensity and the pace of the protest were not for those who value politeness and passive resistance over defiance and confrontation. The chanting went on almost non-stop; there were shouts of "Another man deceased, Who's to blame? The police," "No Justice, No Peace, Fuck the Police," "No KKK, No Fascist USA, No cops!" and "Our passion for freedom, Is stronger than your prisons." Many protestors handed out flyers and booklets "Get to know your police officers." Several also talked with curious passers-by about the issues.

We marched at a fast clip for over 2 hours, stopping briefly at NW 13th and Everett where James Chasse was killed by the cops. The anarchists attempted to march over the Morrison Bridge, but the cops quickly appeared to set up a blockade. Throughout the march, there were over 100 cops on bikes, horses and cars. It seems 3 people were arrested, for no apparent reason. After the second arrest, the riot police appeared to the jeers of the crowd. Finally, the protestors marched to the Justice Center to show solidarity with their comrades who were arrested. The march ended after 6 PM.

[Related Videos:]
Video link 1. http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2010/06/400454.shtml
Video link 2. http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2010/06/400497.shtml
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