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(en) US, Moncton, High School Students March Against War

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Date Tue, 15 Apr 2003 13:13:15 +0200 (CEST)

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Anti-War Activism On Friday, April 11th people
gathered at Victoria Park in Moncton around
1:00 pm. The initiative for organizing the
demonstration was largely taken up by local high
school students, who encouraged friends to skip
school in favour of the demo. Between 50-100
people gathered in the park, enjoyed music and
created their own music, while others distributed
leaflets and pamphlets. Myself, and a few others
distributed crimethinc pamphlets and writings by
a local anarchist group.

At 3 pm the crowd, which was over 90 percent
high school students, took to the streets. The
march went straight down Weldon Street towards
Main. At this point i was handing out pamphlets
to the people at the main street bus stop. As i
walked towards a man working outside a
government building he first looked confused, but
as he realized what we were up to he said "keep
up the good work." The two lane highway was
blocked off by the marchers, although some cars
passed the demonstration on the opposite side of
the road. At the corner of Highfield and Main we
met an unmarked police car which quickly
turned around with sirens blaring and tried to cut
off the marchers. At this point we were handing
leaflets to people sitting in their cars. The single
police officer told people to get on the sidewalk.

People were encouraged to return to the streets
(which they did) and asked to stay close together
so that if more cops came they would not be able
to tear us apart. Beach balls were used by the
diverse crowd to create a party atmosphere.
Many people brought drums with them, which
was great because the stereo system disappeared
during the march. The police car was stuck
behind the crowd for the rest of the march until
the group descended on city hall.

There were signs of support from people honking
horns and sharing thoughts of encouragement.
Throughout, people approached me to help distro
our pamphlets. People seemed encouraged by the
atmosphere of an unsanctioned march which
wasn't led by any traditional groups.

Several cop cars joined the festivities at city hall,
demanding "Who led this march?" and "Who are
your leaders?" Pictures of the cops were taken
along with car license plates (Moncton brutality
squads wear these yellow jackets sometimes and
their names and badge numbers cannot be seen),
and cop #1 seemed a little confused when he was
told there were no leaders. Some organizers
argued with the cops while others warned people
not to waste their time arguing with police. Aside
from the fact that police simply want to control
us, and destroy any potential for unsanctioned
actions, Moncton police have a history of
brutality (several people have been pepper
sprayed and others tackled to the ground without
arrests in the past two years, one man was pepper
sprayed for throwing snow in the middle of the

In the meantime, a sound system was set up in
front of city hall so that people could share their
thoughts on the war. People talked about the
history of Iraq, the environmental impact and the
connection to consumerism. i decided to talk
about the war at home. There has been an
assault on African people living in America
(pretty much forever), since Histeria 2001 there
have been roundups of people of colour and their
family members have been forced to try and flee
America, in the recent Anti-war demonstrations
people in San Francisco have been rounded up by
the 1000s, people in Boston have been followed
home because they believe in something other
than liberal capitalism, and in Oregon authorities
have tried to create terrorist legislation for
protestors who take to the streets. Here in
Moncton the cops have been attacking people
who appear suspicious or are present at an arrest.
And worst of all the very life of Moncton, water,
has been given away by the authorities. People
were encouraged to boycott and engage in direct
action against Vivendi Universal and the
Moncton government.

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