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Confronting the Many Faces of Repression
Occupy Oakland Anti-Repression Committee
Over the past year, we have experienced many forms of overt police repression, from the camp eviction and night of tear gas on October 25th, to raids on the vigil, to snatch and grab squads on May Day. We feel that as a community we need to shift our thinking about repression, to recognize the subtler more insidious forms that it takes and the ways that it targets our sources of strength and plays on existing conflicts and divisions in an attempt to weaken, distract, and consume us. If behaviors support and consolidate state campaigns of repression–then they do the state’s work of repression.

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