Demonstration at Westlake Center (4th & Pine) 6PM
Tuesday March 15 2011

March 15 has been a day of international action against police brutality around the globe since 1997. The specific date is significant because in Switzerland, on March 15, two children, ages 11 and 12, were beaten by police. M15 originated from the Black Flag group in Switzerland and from the Collective Opposed to Police Brutality in Montreal. People in countr…ies across the world come out to the streets in March to express their rage against the police. In Montreal specifically, there has been fierce annual riots erupting from the depths of the dispossessed. This March 15, Seattle will be joining the rest of the world in the streets and the timing couldn’t be more appropriate.

Traditionally, the day is titled “International Day Against Police Brutality” but this definition is limiting. We are calling for a demonstration “Against the Police”. The brutality of the police is an inherent part of their role as the guard dogs of the bosses and the rich; it is not simply an abuse of power, but a symptom of power itself. Here in Seattle, we have seen what police violence looks like first-hand multiple times this past year. The minute someone is homeless, jobless, or can’t handle the repetitious drone of everyday life, the pretense of police protection vanishes. They become criminal. For many others the semblance of protection never exists. Police murder is a war on all those who won’t follow their every order, and those who don’t fit the cut-out copy of citizen. All the excluded become dehumanized, explained-away statistics. Even after an inquest or after a resignation, police murder does not stop, and it won’t, until there are no more police in the streets. Taking to the streets on our own terms is a step toward building resistance to the police on a practical level.

No peace in the streets with police in these streets!

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