It’s the Sound of the Police

‘Here for London, here for you’ claims the Metropolitan Police. Well that’s certainly true: though I’m not convinced they quite have the kindest of intentions as their website insinuates. The Police may well be ‘there for me’ but generally with a look of animal hunger and a frantic grab hoping to snatch me into the pit of the waiting bully van. And for what? Am I the crazed hoodlum who needs locking away from society? Am I a menace to my community? No, I am a fully conscious, fully resistant, fully committed anti-capitalist. I am also fully aware that the Police are no less than arms of the State, uniformed friends of the elite with arms of their own.

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The police as an institution often go unchallenged, and many submit their obedience immediately: even once they’ve been exposed to the violence and corruption inherent in their system, some people easily sacrifice their trust. But as these days grow in their revolutionary expectations, so does the true purpose of the police become clear. They will stamp the politics out of you. Or at least, they will try.

Across the world a collective consciousness begins its birth into an understanding that things as are they are currently, can no longer continue. Revolutions and uprisings inspire the oppressed in all their forms, in all their corners of the Earth and people are finally questioning the status quo.

In the past 11 years there have been 942 deaths in police custody in England and Wales alone: if they’re killing us in the cells, what horrors await us on the streets?

The use of technology has allowed us to witness police brutality minutes after it occurs. Occupy movements from varying continents have been suffering barbaric attacks from the police. The iconic images are frozen in history: the 84-year old activist pepper sprayed in Seattle, lethal teargas directly thrown at protestors in Oakland, machine guns brought in to raid tents in London – and we criticize the Middle East for attacking demonstrations and perpetuating anti-democracy? We jest that there will be none of us left without a criminal record and the stain of prison on our CVs but we mustn’t forget: they can’t imprison us all.

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Even the courts aren’t in our defence. On Thursday 17th November 2011, 10 of the Fortnum & Mason occupiers were found guilty of aggravated trespass. These protestors caused no harm or injury but to the bulging wallets of the exploitative companies complicit in profiting from the consumerist misery that has become our lives. On Question Time on 31st March 2011, Boris Johnson smeared UK Uncut and explicitly states that the Fortnum & Mason occupation was not ‘sitting peacefully, being polite’ yet that’s precisely what happened. There is even video evidence of police at the scene declaring it to be non-violent (though this didn’t deter them from battering protestors outside). Those that were battered, such as Alfie Meadows who was bludgeoned so severely in December 2010, he needed life-saving brain surgery, now face the preposterous charges of violent disorder. The violence was indisputably at the hands of the thug that almost murdered him. Yet no trial awaits that officer.

We are consistently told that we alienate ‘the public’ by defending ourselves against the police: but where are the calls of outcry when they threaten to shoot us with rubber bullets? Are these really workers in a different uniform, or are they traitors to their class, and our liberty?

We did not deter when they beat children, we did not shy away when we were kettled in the freezing cold, we did not sit at home when they threatened our calls for equality. We will never be too fearful to unite as students, as workers, as people, as we will do on November 30th and demand justice.

To those that query our methods and insist that we challenge the 1% through the ‘ordinary processes’ I sigh. When will you realize that bureaucracy is not power? As for our representatives: half of us didn’t even elect them and even when we do, ambitious technocrats dedicated to steering political institutions away from politics fill their positions… Either that or they betray those they seek to speak for, and hire mobs to baton us when we protest in disgust.

If the saying ‘you are either with us, or against us’ rings true, we know which side of the picket line the police fall to. We must refuse to be intimidated by their bullying tactics, and support each other when they inflict on us prison and pain. We must never surrender to the horses, which gallop to deter us from fighting for what is right. If we seek to equalize the 1% we need recognize those whose very jobs are to protect them and their wealth. The police will no doubt use the nation-wide strike on November 30th to strike fear into activists and try to polarize the masses. But we must all come out to support the strikers and remain united.

Intimidation is the easiest way to destroy a movement: let’s eradicate it from ours.

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~ by Bobi Pasquale on November 20, 2011.

One Response to “It’s the Sound of the Police”

  1. Very good article. I am also getting frustrated by the festishisation of “peaceful” protest. Self-defence against police brutality is not violence. And neither is targetted property damage, whether you agree with it as a tactic or not.

    Sooner or later, some people in the movement need to realise that.

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