Fwd: Intl. police brutality protest, March 15

Agent Smiley (smiley_777@hotmail.com)
Fri, 19 Feb 1999 10:31:05 PST


INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY - MARCH
15

Author: Mark Laskey (by way of fnb@thebird.org)
<kronstadt@juno.com>
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FOR ALL OF THOSE WHO WISH TO PARTICIPATE IN AN
INTERNATIONAL DAY AGAINST POLICE BRUTALITY, BUT
STRONGLY OBJECT TO WORKING UNDER THE REVOLUTIONARY
COMMUNIST PARTY - USA / OCTOBER 22ND COALITION

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This day of protest first began in 1997, at the
initiative of the Black Flag collective in
Switzerland. Citizens Against Police Brutality,
from Montreal, Canada helped launch this
international day of action. In 1997, over 50
groups from 14 countries participated in this
event.

     For the last two years, the International Day
Against Police Brutality (IDAPB) has been a
success. The groups that have participated in this
event are critical of more than just police
brutality: they also criticize white supremacy,
genocide, patriarchy, hetrosexism, capitalism, the
state, etc. Most participating groups have been
anti-authoritarian and/or anarchist orientation.
However this doesn't mean that participating
groups must be of that nature, only that political
parties and other governmental bodies that would
use this day of protest for their own
opportunistic ends, would be doing a disservice to
the public. This day of protest should remain as
decentralised as possible, so that groups,
coalitions, and people at large can decide upon
what they wish to do.

WHAT TO DO ON MARCH 15?

     This depends on what groups in the various
regions of the world decide upon. It is the
decision of each group and will often depend on
various things: the political situation in the
country, the group's will and energy to organise
an event, resources, etc.

     To date various types of events have taken
place: street theatre, painting murals,
demonstrations, conferences, workshops, photo and
text exhibitions, radio shows, and cultural
events. Some groups have done more than one event
for the day. In some cities, coalitions have been
formed to organise for IDAPB. Any group or
individual can do something. Our imagination is
the key.

ON MARCH 15 AS THE DATE:

     The date for IDAPB, March 15, was chosen by
the Black Flag collective in Switzerland. They
chose this date because on this day, two youths,
aged 11 and 12, were beaten by Swiss police. Some
groups may be unable to organise for this exact
date. If the date is changed, it's a good idea to
keep it close to the original date.

DECENTRALISED ORGANISATION:

     We strive to make this day a decentralised,
global day of protest. However there have been
some difficulties in answering all the e-mail, as
well as overcoming language differences. This has
resulted in some misunderstandings. Some people
thought that we would put out flyers and pamphlets
to distribute. Our goal is to get the message out.
While we would like to offer more help to others,
we are ourselves busy organising the event in
Montreal. It is up to the groups/individuals to
decide how they will organise this day in their
community.

DENOUNCING STATE VIOLENCE WITH SOLIDARITY AND
CREATIVITY

     Some people have remarked the fact that IDAPB
is a single issue event that does nothing to
change the real problems of the world. However,
the state holds in its possession a monopoly on
violence, and denouncing the protectors of the
state - the police - is an action that oppressed
people around the globe can relate to and fully
participate in. For it is the poor, people of
colour, the homeless, immigrants, sex workers,
political activists, and all marginalized people
in "society" that are the first to become victims
of police brutality and the judicial system. The
criminalization of youth, people of colour, and
the poor has reached epidemic proportions in many
regions.

     If you wish to contribute a translation of
this web page please feel free to do so. You may
contact us by e-mail or regular mail at the
addresses above. We welcome your questions and
comments.


                         


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