This International day of protest and solidarity has been taking place for three years. It first began in 1997 as an initiative of the Black Flag in Switzerland along with the help of COBP (French acronym for Citizens Opposed to Police Brutality) in Montreal, Canada. Since its first year, the International Day Against Police Brutality (IDAPB) has been a success, with more than 50 groups within 14 countries participating in 1997.
This day of denouncing police brutality is also an opportunity to form and strengthen ties between groups that work directly or indirectly against this State brutality throughout the world. It helps to create an indispensable international solidarity that opposes police forces that collaborate worldwide and are extremely well organized.
The police spy, harass, imprison, torture, and kill. Their primary victims are the “undesirables” of society: the poor, the homeless, the marginalized, immigrants, people of color, sex workers, activists, student activists, and unionized workers.
In response to the general deterioration of living conditions and the ever-increasing rise of poverty, governments invest in police forces in an attempt to maintain order and social peace by any means necessary. In opposition to this fascistic society, we urge you to participate in IDAPB.
Our struggle has no borders. Join us in getting rid of them, once and for all.
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