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(en) Seventh International Day Against Police Brutality March 15, 2003

From IDAPB <idapb2003@yahoo.ca>
Date Wed, 5 Mar 2003 11:54:13 +0100 (CET)

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March 15, 2003, marks the seventh year of this
international day of protest and solidarity against
police brutality. It first began in 1997 as an
initiative of the Black Flag collective in Switzerland
along with the help of 'le Collective Opposé à la
Brutalité Policière' (COBP-Montreal). Since its first
year, the International Day Against Police Brutality
(IDAPB) has been a success. This date was chosen
because on March 15th, two children, aged 11 and 12,
were beaten by the Swiss police. 

This day is also an opportunity to create and
strengthen an indispensable international solidarity
against the ever-increasing collaboration amongst
global police forces. The IDAPB is one step in ending
the isolation of groups and individuals who, engaged
in this struggle, are subjected to daily repression. 

The police, the right arm of the State, abuse their
power on a daily basis and exercise violence with
total impunity. Within the police brotherhood, the
complicity of silence eradicates the possibility of
one police officer's innocence. Everywhere they
continuously violate the very laws that they are
supposed to uphold. The police check I.D. without
reason, ticket, harass, steal, spy, beat, deport,
arrest, imprison, torture and kill. Their primary
targets are "the undesirables of society": the poor,
the homeless, Indigenous peoples, people of colour,
immigrants and persons with irregular status ("illegal
immigrants" and people working under-the-table), sex
workers, activists and student activists, the
marginalised, organised workers, queer, gender-based
and feminist activists and people who question and
don't accept the legitimacy of the authorities. 

In response to the breadth and depth of
anti-capitalist globalization demonstrations opposing
the fortress of capitalism, the widening gap between
the rich and the poor, the deepening of poverty, the
generalised misery and deterioration of living
conditions, governments invest in their police forces,
in order to maintain, at whatever cost, law and order
for 'social peace'. 

The reactionary security craze following the September
11 events in the U.S. gave free reign to world
governments to create new fascist anti-terrorist and
racist anti-immigration laws. Systematic surveillance
of all means of communication, tougher border controls
(if not their closure) and total discretionary powers
to all police forces directly affect all
"undesirables" (the 'dangerous' class). 

Facing a global police state, we have the
responsibility to act and support all victims of State
force. We urgently invite you to participate in the
International Day Against Police Brutality (IDAPB).
Until now, this event has taken place in several
forms: street theatre, murals, publications,
demonstrations, conferences, postering, workshops,
exhibitions, radio and television shows and other
cultural events. Some groups have organised more than
one activity while others have formed coalitions. All
collectives or individuals decide on what type of
action, depending on the political climate of their
country, the energy and willingness of people to
organise an event, the resources available, etc. The
key thing is the imagination and the creativity of the
people involved. 


Some suggestions and needs: 

*	If you can't organise for March 15th, try to
organise as close to the date as possible.
*	If you can't or don't want to participate, please
spread and forward this message.
*	We need more languages, so any translation of the
message is very much appreciated. Could you please
send the translations to the below email addresses, so
that we can publish them on our websites.
*	If you organise anything, can you please let us
know, in order to strengthen solidarity and to be able
to build a publication about this worldwide event.
*	For questions, commentaries, or to find out more
about COBP-Montréal and COPB-Vancouver please contact
us and visit our websites.

c/o The Alternative Bookshop
2035 St-Laurent, 2nd floor
Montreal, Quebec
H2X 2T3 

E-mail: cobp@hotmail.com or seahorse@odyssee.net 
Website: http://www.tao.ca/~cobp

E-mail: copb-van@resist.ca
Website: http://resist.ca/~copb-van

International: idapb2003@yahoo.ca

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