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Getting to the truth: demonstration on Saturday

April 3rd, 2009 · post by Edd · Make a comment

People have called for a solidarity demonstration against the police for tomorrow, Saturday 4th April, at Bank. The meeting point is 12pm at the Bank of England. Below is a statement for the event that Last Hours has received:

Getting to the truth: Demonstration Saturday 4 April 12pm Bank
Demonstration: Saturday April 4
Assemble 12pm (sharp) Bank of England

Statement

We wish to communicate our disgust and anger at the violent and brutal policing of the G20 demonstrations.

“Over the last week across London there has been a series of demonstrations and protests against the policies and programs implemented by the G20 leaders.

“We are taking to the streets to express our compassion with the family of Ian Tomlinson who tragically died during the 1 April protests at the Bank of England. We are calling for an independent public inquiry into the instances of police violence that occurred throughout the week and to establish the true circumstances of his death.

“We wish to communicate our disgust and anger at the violent and brutal policing of the G20 demonstrations.

“The press once again created an atmosphere of fear and violence in the lead up to the protests, pre-emptively justifying the police violence that occurred. They also misreported and lied about the circumstances of the tragedy. We recognise that for many communities the reality of police violence is a daily occurrence. The demonisation of communities, like the demonisation of protesters makes police violence seem normal.

“As the crisis deepens and continues there will be increased resistance – from factory occupations to demonstrations, strikes and people coming together on the streets. We need to speak out now to defend our freedom to protest, our communities and our dignity.”

Before the April 1st demonstration Last Hours published an article called “Media lies, anarchists and the G20” about how the press pre-emptively justify police violence, which people might find interesting to read.

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