March 15 IDAPB Demo!
International Day Against Police Brutality Demonstration!
IDAPB demos have been held in Vancouver since 2003. While the IDAPB has not yet brought out large numbers of people in Vancouver, those who have attended made their feelings about the pigs clear. Cops have had their cars pelted with eggs, the Main Street station was re-decorated with paintbombs, and firecrackers set off in the street. Victory Square, Main Street, East Hastings and downtown Vancouver have all been taken over as people took to the streets.
The International Day Against Police Brutality occurs each March 15th. The first IDAPB happened in 1997, and is linked back to March 15 1996 when two children, aged 11 and 12, were beaten to death by police in Switzerland.
Organized initially by Montreal’s Collective Opposed to Police Brutality (COPB) and Switzerland’s Black Flag, M15 demonstrations have been held in Belleville, Calgary, Guelph, Trois-Rivières, Toronto, Winnipeg and Vancouver. Outside of Canada, IDAPB events have taken place in Argentina, France, Mexico, Switzerland, the United Kingdom, the United States amongst other countries.
IDAPB focuses on both the denounciation of police brutality, but also serves to create and strengthen ties between groups that work to eliminate the forces of social control. While the IDAPB is effective in countering the myths promoted by the government and the media about the positive values of a police force, it also helps to break the isolation of groups and individuals who are subjected to repression on a daily basis.
A Statement For This Year’s Demo:
TO BE CLEAR- WE ARE ANTI COP. WE ARE NOT AMONG THOSE ASKING FOR FRIENDLIER FACES, BETTER PROGRAMS, OR LESS BRUTALITY. WE HOLD NO FAITH IN A SYSTEM INHERENTLY STRUCTURED TO SUPPRESS ANYTHING THAT OPPOSES IT.
WE EMBRACE THE ANGER THAT RAGES AGAINST THIS SYSTEM. NO POLICE INQUIRY WILL VALIDATE THIS.
WE ARE VALIDATED EVERY DAY IN OUR INTERACTIONS WITH COMRADES AND ACCOMPLICES THAT STRUGGLE TO BE FREE. THERE ARE NO ‘BAD APPLES’: ALL THE APPLES ARE BAD WHEN ROOTED IN A SYSTEM OF CONTROL AND EXPLOITATION. AND DON’T BE A FOOL: THIS IS CLASS WAR.
WE DEMAND NOTHING: THERE IS NO HANDOUT THAT WILL SATISFY OUR DESIRE TO DETERMINE OUR OWN LIVES: OUR OWN PLACES.
NO REFORM. NO COMPROMISE. NO DEMANDS. NO PIGS.
text taken from: IDAPB-Vancouver Pamphlet 2010.pdf
And now, A Little History…
“We are not calling for a protest or a demonstration. Our purpose is not to whine to the media about how awful the police are. Instead, we want to open up space for people that are directly affected by police brutality to express their anger and take action”
- Vancouver IDAPB Organizing Group 2005