FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | LONDON ACTIVISTS TARGET OF POLICE INTIMIDATION
June 22, 2010
For Immediate Release:
LONDON ACTIVISTS TARGET OF POLICE INTIMIDATION
The recent arrests of two London activists for “promoting disturbance” represent yet another dramatic escalation in the Canadian state’s ongoing attempts to criminalize dissent.
We denounce these arrests as the shameful police intimidation tactics they are, and declare our solidarity with the two individuals arrested – including our organization’s youngest member, Andrew Cadotte.
It is clear that politicians and police officers in this country are more than willing to bend the rules to try and intimidate those seeking to challenge the continued domination of the poor by the rich.
By referring to postering as “property destruction”, the police are attempting to build a psychological connection between lawful dissent and violence where no such connection exists.
The police cited the “negative message” of the posters as grounds for holding these individuals overnight in jail. But the true “negative messages” plastered around the city are in the sexist advertisements that promote women as emotionless commodities, and on the countless billboards that sell apathetic consumerism as a way of life.
Public space should belong to the community, not to corporations, and should be a space where we can freely express our ideas as part of the democratic process. This freedom must be regularly exercised and vigorously defended, or else it will be trampled on by the repressive nature of the state.
This is why several of our members joined with the direct action on Thursday, June 17th that covered our city’s downtown core with the very posters our comrades were arrested for putting up two nights earlier.
As anarchists and social justice activists, we have every intention to continue “promoting disturbance” of the capitalist status quo, guided by our undying commitment to international class struggle and, ultimately, revolution.
Common Cause is an anarchist organization with branches in London, Hamilton, Toronto and Ottawa.
For more information:
P.O. Box 347, Station E
772 Dovercourt Rd.
Toronto, ON, Canada,