When protesters and anarchists take to the streets to protest globalization, the banking system, war, the IMF, capitalism, and all the other injustices of this world, The state calls in police with tanks, hoses, acoustic weapons, tazers. tear gas bombs, mace, batons, rubber bullets, helicopters, riot shields and masks and angry dogs.
When thousands of Montreal hockey fans take to the streets and break hundreds of windows, set police cars on fire and loot liquor stores.. all to celebrate a bunch of millionaires on skates put more rubber pucks into a net then another bunch of millionaires, the police show up in small numbers, make as few arrests as possible, lay 0 charges, and laugh it off.. “It’s just boys being boys..” or.. “well this is Canada, we love our hockey hahaha”…
I was watching a documentary about the G20 protests in Pittsburgh, when one protester with a group of War Veterans, remarked… “these police have more armor then I did when I was in Iraq”…
One night during the G20 protest, a small group of protesters broke about 10 windows before heading to Pittsburgh University and disbursing. The Police used this as an excuse to invade Pitt U, and demoralize the students in the hopes of keeping the next days demonstrations small. (I`ve posted the video link below) They brought at an army, with all the weapons I listed above, and brutality beat students, some peacefully returning from a party, still wearing togas. They trapped people in stairwells and fired tear gas at them, pushed people into streets with moving cars, students standing out of the way filming the incident, were targeted and attacked with pepper spray and arrested… In response to all of this, the mayor congratulated the police on keeping the public safe… FROM WHAT? 10 broken windows?
While at COP15 in Denmark, I participated in a few demonstrations. In the first one, the police caught us while we were marching between 2 intersections. They used trucks to block us in, refused to let anyone except press leave their blockade, even though non protesters were caught in the blockade. They kept us there, without any word on why. Just waiting for someone to get frustrated and do something semi violent.. so they could dose us all with tear gas and pepper spray and arrest us. After more than an hour, they decided to let us go. We got about 100 feet before they did it again… After they let us go that time, it was getting late, and most people, including me, disbursed… I later learned those who remained were later blocked on a bridge, all were arrested.
A few days latter During the Peaceful, sanctioned march, of over 100 000 people, the police cut the rally in half, and arrested nearly 1000 people. I was close to the front, and didn’t know about it till later. This same thing happened at 3 other demonstrations I was not able to attend.
A few days later I was in Christiana, a hippy commune in the heart of Copenhagen, it was late, I was drunk, preparing to go to a concert for activists and hear one of my heroes, Naomi Klein. The police decided to attack the peaceful hippy haven, to arrest as many activist as possible ahead of the protests the next day… It was a good plan, catch a bunch of activists in concert tents, at 1am, all slightly (or heavily) intoxicated, fire tear gas into the confined areas, wait for all these angry people to run out and attack, and then arrest them. Christiania is also home to a tolerated drug trade, run by the Hells Angels and the Black Scorpions, who enjoy defending christiania when the police attack. It quickly turned into a war zone, with people going into the bars, asking for empties, and using Christiania’s gas reserves to create a Molotov Cocktail assembly line.
I was no exception, and that night, I was arrested.
I`ll save the rest of the story for later, but I was sent to prison for a couple of weeks, tried, and convicted… I still owe 3 months jail time and 3 thousand dollars to the state of Denmark… :/
With that “preventative” attack in mind, I ask, why did the police not foresee those hockey fans would have been on the street rioting no matter the outcome of the game, and not go into the Bell Center, and fire tear gas at them, to piss them off, so they could arrest them all… If its good for anarchists, why isn’t it good for hockey fans?
No one questions police brutality when it’s against protesters, but when hockey fans do 50* more damage, should they not get 50* more police attention, instead of almost none?
It seems the only way police will use excessive force against you, is if you complain about the system that allows them to use excessive force… The whole point of becoming a cop is either wanting a gun to compensate for your tiny penis, or being a bully in high school was the only thing you did well, and decided to do that for a living. Then again I maintain bully’s are just compensating for small penises… so, I guess it all comes back to that…?
Anywho.. I guess I have 2 main points… Police have tiny penises, and next G20 summit, instead of black, we should all wear hockey jerseys..
P.S. The next G20 protest is in Toronto, at the end of June. just an fyi
P.P.S the media coverage of that night in Christiania was a bunch of horse shit! But as usual, you can count on the The Guardian to be fair and balanced.
This is from video taken by a German news station, I’m in the red plaid shirt. When I heard this had been aired on TV, I was excited, and asked my lawyer to find a copy, since one of those “Politi” had knocked my head into that wall when I told him “I don’t have to tell you shit”
When I reviewed the footage, I found they had cut that part out… Another activist then explained that the only reason this news team was allowed behind the police line, was because, like many other media stations, they have given police a veto at what can be shown, in exchange for being allowed to get close to the action…
Independent Media Indeed…
** Link to Democracy 101, a documentary about police brutality at the G20, and the siege of Pitt U.