SAM MITRANI—The police were not created to protect and serve the population. They were not created to stop crime, at least not as most people understand it. And they were certainly not created to promote justice. They were created to protect the new form of wage-labor capitalism that emerged in the mid- to late-19th century from the threat posed by that system’s offspring, the working class.This is a blunt way of stating a nuanced truth, but sometimes nuance just serves to obfuscate.
POLICE & REPRESSION
- CITIZENS COUNTER-PROPAGANDACLASS ANALYSISCLASS STRUGGLEPOLICE & REPRESSION
- CAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTSCLASS STRUGGLEPOLICE & REPRESSION
RAMIN MAZAHERI—The idea among Yellow Vests that cops will switch sides could only come from those who are fundamentally conservative and thus have never attended an anti-government protest before… as is the self-professed case with many, many Yellow Vests. Six months later they still don’t believe their own eyes, mainly because the idea causes such intense cognitive dissonance due to their “glorious” view of France’s “revolutionary” history – but because they have not updated their political thought in 200+ years, they cannot be revolutionaries in the 21st century.
- CAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTSPOLICE & REPRESSION
ANDY THAYER—That Chicago under soon-to-be-former Mayor Rahm Emanuel spied on anti-war activists will come as little surprise to those with a passing knowledge of the city’s history and politics.Others have previously documented how the Obama administration worked with city governments around the country, including Chicago, to use police to harass the Occupy movement out of existence. And in the run up to the NATO conference, two CPD officers worked to entrap three young, would-be protesters on “terrorism” charges, plying them with alcohol and goading them to say reckless things on tape to “prove” their case.
- ABOMINATIONSCAPITALIST SICKNESSCAPITALIST SYSTEMIC POVERTYCAPITALIST TENTACLES & FRONTSPOLICE & REPRESSIONPOLICE STATE
OLLIE RICHARDSON—On Saturday, March 30th, during Act 20 of the Yellow Vests, many mobilisations were held everywhere in France despite there being certain prohibitions on demonstrating. Violent scenes of repression broke out once again, illustrating the course taken in repression that is now more “offensive”. Thus, in Besançon, after a charge, as is seen in the video, a Yellow Vest is isolated, a CRS officer walks towards him and hits him violently on the head with a baton, in front of the eyes of colleagues, who show no reaction. Stunned and bleeding profusely, he is assisted by street medics. Witnesses of the scene call the police, without success. During this time the repression continues, resuming with the release of a tear gas grenade.