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International Day against Police Brutality
by Thanos Kalamidas
2011-03-15 09:07:28
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The International Day Against Police Brutality occurs on March 15. It first began in 1997 as an initiative of the Montreal Collective Opposed to Police Brutality and the Black Flag group in Switzerland. The date was initially chosen for convenience (March 15 1997 fell on a Saturday), although since the year 2000, it has often been linked to an alleged incident in which two children, aged 11 and 12, were beaten to death by the Swiss police.

Acceptance of March 15 as a focal day of solidarity against police brutality varies from one place to another. In the United States, the October 22 Coalition to Stop Police Brutality, Repression, and the Criminalization of a Generation, a group mounted by the RCP, has succeeded in building support for October 22 (also known as O22) as National Anti Police Brutality Day since 1995.

This International day of protest and solidarity has been taking place for three years. It first began in 1997 as an initiative of the Black Flag in Switzerland along with the help of COBP (French acronym for Citizens Opposed to Police Brutality) in Montreal, Canada. Since its first year, the International Day against Police Brutality (IDAPB) has been a success, with more than 50 groups within 14 countries participating in 1997.

This day of denouncing police brutality is also an opportunity to form and strengthen ties between groups that work directly or indirectly against this State brutality throughout the world. It helps to create an indispensable international solidarity that opposes police forces that collaborate worldwide and are extremely well organized.

The police spy harasses, imprison, torture, and kill. Their primary victims are the “undesirables” of society: the poor, the homeless, the marginalized, immigrants, people of colour, sex workers, activists, student activists, and unionized workers.

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Abdul Manan2011-03-16 14:48:38
All cops are bostered.

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