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Why “Fuck the Police?”

by Zachary Running Wolf
Occupy Oakland's Tactical Action Committee hosts a weekly Fuck the Police march on Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.
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Any time a civilian population identifies a problem and starts a protest, the police department (the Arab Spring for example), the movement has moved into successful revolutionary actions.

The Fuck the Police March needs both militant and non-violent participation with each person fully respecting the St. Paul Principles, i.e. diversity of tactics with separation of time and place. The police department has acted extremely violently towards protestors in the commons area of Oakland, refusing First Amendment rights to assembly and protest, targeting and snatching particular participants, planting evidence, conflating charges, etc.

The weekly protest will only grow and the more participation we have the more people will see how abusive the police really are, along with spending a blank check of resources while closing libraries, schools, and laying off massive numbers of city employees.

We march in solidarity with Tahrir Square, who advise us to give the police twice as much as they give us. Remember the concussion grenades, rubber bullets and tear gas, as well as the kidnapping of innocent participants in Occupy Oakland and the poor and color communities at large, and stealing possessions and resources while destroying and refusing to return them including sleeping bags, medical supplies, children’s toys, food, transportation, clothing, and more.

And finally, the native community is enraged by the theft of the vigil tipi and refusal to give it back much less explain where it was taken to.

The Fuck the Police march is held weekly on Saturday nights, 7 p.m. rally at Oscar Grant Plaza in downtown Oakland, march at 9 p.m. Each march has a list of tactical parameters that are called for by the march organizers. These parameters need to be read and understood fully before participating and the rules must be respected. If you cannot respect the rules and parameters this is not the march for you. It is meant to be a thorn in the police paw, it may have militant break away actions, and may not necessarily be what is traditionally known as a “peaceful protest.”

It is a solidarity building, community building and trust building exercise. Other US Occupy groups have begun to march or are planning marches in solidarity including Seattle, LA, Davis, San Jose, and Philadelphia.
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