|THEY ARE COPS AFTER ALL|
Almost a week ago Seattle police and SWAT raided a home of several members of Seattle Occupy and persons also involved with the Kasama Project. The cops beat down doors in the middle of the night, dragged residents from their beds, trashed the place, confiscated anything they deemed anarchist materials. Four persons were arrested and later released.
"...activist Phillip Neel was in the apartment at the time of the raid, and he said police pointed guns at the back of activists while searching the apartment. He also claimed their hands were bound by zip ties after they were awoken by the sound of officers, who he said used a flashbang grenade in the stairwell and broke down the door.
Activists were not able to see the warrant until the raid was complete — a move Neel said left those in the apartment confused throughout the event. Those within the apartment at the time of the incident are known Occupy organizers.
Neel said items taken included a black hooded sweatshirt, a scarf, a notebook, a flyer for a book signing related to anarchism in the Occupy movement and literature previously handed out at Occupy protests.
The police said the raids were meant to gather information on what they deemed a May Day riots which left some banks and other buildings damaged. The cops are seeking seven "suspected" anarchists as a result.
…In the United States today the forces of repression and reaction, ranging from the FBI to local police forces are trying to intimidate those who are standing up for peace, justice, equality and liberation. The examples are many, including the repression directed at Arabs and Muslims, the coordinated attacks on the occupy movement, and FBI raids on anti war and international solidarity activists.
We condemn this act of political repression and send our solidarity to all those who were targeted in this raid.
Last Tuesday supporters marched in support. They were back out in larger numbers on Friday night.
What surprises me more than anything else in some ways is that there may actually be people, activists even, who are themselves surprised by such a raid. This is what the cops do. They have done it to every movement of the people since someone thought up the idea of police.
Our duty is to resist such police tactics, however we can, and to plow on with our work. Our duty is also not to make the work of police repression more easy by doing such nonsense as posting the type of idiotic, militant sounding, rhetorical posturing all over places like Face Book. That sort of stuff is just juvenile and stupid. When the police say "anything you say can, and will be used against you," they absolutely mean it.
We always advise people not to talk to cops, not to rap with the Feds. The truth is when you post nonsense, calls for violence against individuals, or against the police, or against some facet of the State, or against some representative of Capital, you are speaking to and cooperating with the police. Stop it!
What follows below is first a report on Friday night's march against the police raid from Puget Sound Anarchist.org. After that is a statement about the raid from the Black Orchid Collective.