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(en) [Canada] Another day, another broken door: Torre's statement about recent events By ANA (pt) [machine translation]

Date Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:00:06 +0300

At dawn Friday (06/04), Hamilton police invaded a house associated with some of those involved with the organization of the Hamilton Anarchist Book Fair. The door was kicked in, a grenade light was thrown into the house, and a full SWAT team entered. With the assault rifles cocked, the SWAT team began to pull everyone out of bed, some of whom were naked and, with one exception, handcuffed everyone. Three people were arrested and one person was arrested. Cedar, a member of The Tower, and our dear friend, was arrested and currently remains in custody. ---- Those who were not arrested were forced to wait outside for about five hours, while police "searched" the house. Similar to the fascists who attacked the Tower last month, the police completely destroyed space and even moved the bookshelves. All three floors of the house and many things were damaged, including a collection of framed feminist cards that were broken into several pieces and thrown into the bathroom. The cops are misogynist pigs, pure and simple, without exception. A long list of items were seized, including all electronics (telephones, computers, cameras, external hard drives, etc.), books, posters, zines and a large random amount of documents (articles from academic journals, translated texts from a book, handwritten notes,

Regarding his arrest, Cedar is facing charges of conspiracy against the so-called Street Riot[a revolt on Locke Street, 03/03/2018]. We have no desire to engage with the politics of innocence. The concept of innocence and its indirect criminality obscure rather than illuminate - no one is innocent and the most "criminal" between us runs the economy and government. Moreover, these notions perpetuate the logic of a colonial legal system rooted in white supremacy. That said, it is worth noting that the conspiracy charges are notoriously dubious and fragile, and have a legacy of being used as a tool of political persecution. They are an act of desperation meant to launch a wide net and frighten people. Such charges are not a matter of engaging in a particular activity,

The Tower is an openly anarchist project which, from the outset, has promoted ideals of mutual aid and solidarity, equality and autonomy of the community, as well as direct action, class warfare and resistance. Our policy has always included both gardens and protests. We want to see people building beautiful liberation alternatives as much as we want to see people attacking structures of domination. Nothing about this will change, and despite the recent challenges, our project will continue to drive those ideas. We still have no tears for Locke Street, and we still do not support the activities that took place last month. These are actions that can spur conversations that no one wants to have (in this case, intensifying gentrification across the city), and we see that as positive.

As things continue to unfold, it is important for people to remember that it is never OK to cooperate with the police - do not talk to them and do not share any information (no matter how big or small) with them. It is not a matter of agreeing or disagreeing with particular tactics, but of refusing to take actions that help facilitate violence and repression of the state. In addition to the discussions about Locke Street, local media have been dominated by stories of police corruption, misconduct, brutality and, most recently, murder. Less than a week ago, Hamilton police shot and killed Quinn MacDougall, a 19-year-old unarmed boy who had called 911 for help. Cops are not and never will be our allies. We gain security and strength by uniting and remaining silent.

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