Dangerous, victim-blaming advice given to “peacefully resist” police brutality.

Source : https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202556463454795&set=gm.835248499821517 from a post to a London event to oppose police brutality against "ravers" - https://www.facebook.com/events/833587209987646/

Source : https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10202556463454795&set=gm.835248499821517 from a post to a London event to oppose police brutality against “ravers” – https://www.facebook.com/events/833587209987646/

I hardly know where to start with how wrong this image is.

First off, those who are the victims of police brutality are *not* to blame for it. The police do not just attack protesters because we “give them the excuse”.

Secondly, the first time I tried to “resist peacefully” police attacking a demonstration I sat in front of a line of riot police and ended up dragged across a road by them and smashed in the face with a riot shield. The UK police have a horrific record for violence – Ian Tomlinson, for example, was killed as he faced away from police (see below). Turning your back to those with a high-likelihood of attacking you is naive, but advocating it as the morally and tactically superior action is disgraceful.

Thirdly, it doesn’t matter whether or not the police have an “excuse”, because as the list below shows, the state continues pretty much as usual. Things don’t change just because the population knows that a situation is unjust, but because they force a change. And turning your backs on those with weapons, a history of using them against those that want change, is not a good way of achieving that.

Here’s a list from a variety of sources that I looked up off the top of my head whilst writing this post. Please add links to other instances as a comment below.

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3 responses to “Dangerous, victim-blaming advice given to “peacefully resist” police brutality.

  1. Execute those who abuse their power. Make an example.

    • Well, that’s one approach! We tend to focus more on building up confidence and organisation and direct democracy/action in our communities and workplaces so that we can get rid of state apparatus but have networks of solidarity and federation to replace them with rather than allowing a power vacuum to form which may allow yet more bullies to take control within. see isis etc.

  2. The alternative is to strike back. It would be nice if we had a crowd determined to do that which outnumbered the police, but at this stage we’re a hell of a long way from that. I assume that’s the alternative being proposed? Well, maybe if we adopt this approach for starters, anger will build to the point where a direct form a resistance becomes possible.

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