Yesterday was officially “International Day Against Police Brutality”, according to an initiative that first began in 1997 by the secretive Montreal based “Collective Against Police Brutality” and a Swiss Anarchist Group named “Black Flags”.
Every year on March 15th protest are organized globally to demonstrate against violence perpetrated by those tasked with protecting us. This years protests paid particular attention to “Social Profiling” along class lines.
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Police Brutality is a worldwide problem and quite often represents the sharp end of societies most discriminatory prejudices. It is also very often accompanied by the inherent dissatisfaction that comes with the “know one is ever punished factor” as prosecution is often difficult if not impossible due to the grey lines and legal loop holes those whom are empowered are often able to exploit.
Raw video: Anti-police brutality march. Below
A distinguishing trait of the protest is the rejection of the concept that Police are to be informed of the time, location and direction of these marches. Out of the 1500 protests that occur every year in Montreal this is one of the few that refuses to abide by the so-called P6 law. According to Wikipedia the Montreal based collective that co founded the day has avoided arrests only twice in its 18 year history due to this factor.
According to CBC, last years protests resulted in more than 250 arrests and nearly $100, 000 in fines.
Once again this year the time date and location were not given to the police in advance and as a consequence the protest were declared illegal again.
— Police Montréal (@SPVM) March 15, 2014
Sûreté du Québec riot squad dressed in green fatigues replace Montreal police officers and took control of the protests. Below.
Protesters reacted via twitter
— Ethan Cox (@EthanCoxMtl) March 15, 2014
In total this year 280 people were detained, with each receiving a $638 fine for being in violation of the P6 Law.
Mainstream media has consistently throughout the years depicted the protests as violent and misguided yet of course valid in its concerns.