Posts Tagged ‘police’

Occupy Melbourne Gets Intense

Sunday, December 4th, 2011

Check out latest shenanigans in Australia’s Occupy Melbourne movement (video above). Protesters set up tents, arousing a large police response. As the security forces cracked down, the activists flipped the script and hilarity ensued.

Leaked Memo Reveals Riot Police Gameplan

Monday, November 28th, 2011

A detained member the Occupy Wall Street protests happened upon an internal memo from NYPD’s Disorder Control Unit. The 20-point bulletin, seen modified above, reads like a how-to manual of freedom suppression: Don’t think for yourself. Don’t act on your own. Just follow orders, look big and scary, and stay together.

Of course, this is to be expected. These riot police aren’t being paid to think, they are paid to protect. But they aren’t there to serve the general public or even to save private property. Rather, the ultimate purpose served by these heavily armed thugs is to shelter the establishment from forces seeking regime change.

The electoral system in the United States – the 2 party dictatorship – has moved so far away from where the people stand that they’ve had to form their own party. This is why we can see uprisings over the streets of America. Just like many places on earth, Americans have grown sick and tired of being ignored by the powers that be, and are now seizing new opportunities to rise up in droves and finally be heard.

If the riot police and security forces can be labelled a “Disorder” patrol, then the Occupy movement (and the various global counterparts) should be considered a “Reorder” patrol, meaning that we – the world’s people – are rallying to restructure humankind’s wealth and power into a more just system for all.

Breaching Barack’s Bubble

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

A protestor handed President Barack Obama a note during a meet and greet in New Hampshire today. The note (pictured above) reads as follows:

Mr. President: Over 4000 peaceful protesters have been arrested while bankers continue to destroy the American economy. You must stop the assault on our 1st amendment rights.  Your silence sends a message that police brutality is acceptable. Banks got bailed out. We got sold out.

Unfortunately, even if the President wanted to do something, his hands are tied… bound by the forces which allowed him to become Commander in Chief in the first place.

See, the American political system is structured to prevent any truly revolutionary figure from getting elected. Only those willing to cater to the oligarchs could ever raise the finances needed to see the White House.

This is precisely why Americans are out in the streets in the hundreds of thousands – because their 2-party dictatorship has failed them. Lacking any other option, they must forge an entirely new channel through which to reclaim their democracy.

And this is why, if you aren’t going to take to the streets yourself, you should at least lend support to the protestors. Power to the people!

The Whole World is Watching NY Arrests

Sunday, October 2nd, 2011

The NYPD, brutality notwithstanding, might at least be credited for doing the opposite of quieting dissent, as their ham-handed arrest of hundreds of peaceful protesters was caught on video for the whole world to see.

Americans can only take so much abuse. These goings on in New York and Wall St. may very well break the dam holding back the outpouring of American dissent. And that would be awesome!

Banning Public Marches, Blacking Out Internet

Monday, September 26th, 2011

The United Kingdom has banned public marches for a 30 day period. Oh well, it’s probably for the best given the upsurge of violent protests, right? Wrong!

It doesn’t matter that the bans are for a set period of time, or that they are localized to a few boroughs. Restricting the right to voice discontent, even for a single moment, in any place, is far too much!

The problem is the precedent the motion sets. The same mechanisms which ban public protests for a month can quite easily ban them indefinitely.

Sadly, the UK is not alone with their heavy handed approach to dealing with civil disobedience. In New York, many activists from the Occupy Wall St. movement found their cell phone service cut, reminiscent of the BART blackout that happened a few months ago in San Fransisco.

In the US, UK, and elsewhere, these sweeping restrictions in response to minor uprisings should not go unchallenged. Fight to stop them from taking away your civil liberties, because you will most certainly have to fight to get them back.

Be outraged! Don’t shirk your responsibility – speak out against the consistent expansion of police powers. Let your voice be heard about these and any injustices you see!

Canadian Conservatives Consider Bolstering Big Brother

Thursday, August 18th, 2011

(Big Harper is watching you.)

Not one to shy away from the motto “Freedom is Slavery”, Stephen Harper and his conservative cronies have been drafting a new bill intent on making it easier for law enforcement agencies to peer into the private lives of Canadian citizens.

The bill deals with “lawful access” rules, giving police expanded influence for compelling Internet service providers to disclose customer information without a court order. The bill would also ban telcos from admitting that they have provided any such information.

Oh, great. That’s exactly what we need. More sweeping police powers. Why not install CCTV’s in everyone’s home while you’re at it, Mr. Harper?

No, actually don’t. That was just sarcasm.

We Canadians are doing fine already. Crime rates across the nation have been dropping for over a decade now. Sacrificing our precious civil liberties won’t likely help this trend.

The Conservative’s lawyers and lobbyists might be able to draft a bill that dances around the problem of being unconstitutional, but they’ll never prevent it from being unnecessary.

Anti-Corruption Protests in India

Sunday, June 5th, 2011

Delhi, INDIA: At least 30 people were injured when police used teargas and batons to break up a mass anti-corruption demonstration. This marks the latest in high-profile clashes between authorities and campaigners.

Tens of thousands of people gathered to increase awareness about the problem of systemic corruption in India, where paying small bribes is a part of everyday life. Many senior ministers, bureaucrats, and military officers have made vast sums illicitly, at the expense of the population and democracy in general.

Again, we see another uplifting example of humans getting engaged and standing together against corruption and injustice. And the fact that it’s in India is even better. With 1.2 Billion people filling the world’s largest democracy, the Indian uprisings will add tremendous gravitas to the global movement towards a more just civilization.

Humankind will continue to spread awareness of earth’s inherent injustices. Discontents and dissenters will keep expanding networks and communities. We’ll further refine the tools that leverage people power into effective political action. A better world is coming.

Dance for Your Freedom

Monday, May 30th, 2011

Earlier this week, activist Adam Kokesh was brutally slammed to the ground, choked and arrested alongside several cohorts, all for dancing at the Thomas Jefferson Memorial in Washington, D.C.

The group were protesting a recent court ruling that prohibits expressive dancing at national monuments, activism that would have likely been supported by Jefferson himself, who once wrote “If a law is unjust, a man is not only right to disobey it, he is obligated to do so.”

Perhaps most telling of this story is the power of regular people. The police department was inundated with support for the activists and hostility for the arrests, prompting a quick release. While the individual officers might not care about the public, their bosses are likely to make them use more caution in the future.

And we’ll see soon enough as Kokesh has another dancefest planned for noon this Saturday at the Jefferson Memorial. What would be great to see is the police force standing back and allowing the demonstration to go uninhibited, but this is the capital of the United States of Oppression were talking about.

Either way, if you find yourself near D.C. and you’re free on Saturday, be sure to be at the Memorial for noon. If you’re not interested in dancing for your freedom, at least be there, camera in hand, to record the event in case some power-tripping police people decide to beat some hippie skulls.

Spanish Sit-In Split-up

Saturday, May 28th, 2011

The above video, which shows riot police dispersing peaceful protesters, is difficult to watch without evoking a sense of frustration and anger. The demonstrators don’t appear to have done anything, other than exercise non-violent civil disobedience, and they’re treated like cattle being led to slaughter.

Of course, the police forces were just acting under orders. With crowds expected to gather and watch an upcoming soccer match, the dissenters had to be cleared out to make way for cleaning crews. To hell with democracy when there’s footie to be played, right?

Still, such thuggish tactics reveal the inherent violence in the system. Civil liberties and personal rights can so readily be squashed when the voice of the people clashes with those who hold the purse strings.

Always Film Police Brutality

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

A Scotland Yard police officer will be charged with manslaughter over the death of Ian Tomlinson, who was killed at the 2009 London G20 protests after being clubbed and shoved to the ground.

Tomlinson was not involved in the protests and was walking away with his hands in his pockets when he was attacked. He collapsed minutes later and died.

Had this incident not been caught on tape, it is unlikely the officer would be facing any repercussions for the abuse of power.

The moral of this story? Always film police brutality.

Regular civilians may not be trained in martial arts, have access to riot armor, or be authorized by the government to use force, but we do have cameras. And footage of injustice, corruption or police brutality can be more powerful than any weapon.

So, whenever trouble rears its ugly head, be sure to pull out your handy cell phone camera and catch it all on film.

You might not be able to stop any infractions while they happen, but your vigilance will prevent future abuses, especially as more authorities become aware of the world’s ever present lens.