G20 cops ‘threatened women with rape’

Corporate Fascism has replace the nation state rendering much of what we think of as rule by the people and for the people a mute point.

I Blog… I am proud of having the readership I have…  Hopefully some of what I say influences people, impresses upon you that much of what oppresses peoples whose lives have been impacted with some trans-prefixed label or another also impacts many other people including people of color, the poor, women etc.

5% of people in this world control the vast majority of the wealth and power.

The police and military are their jack booted thugs.

They are not here to protect us.  They are here to protect the interests of the rich.

With the marginalization of so many people who are not white male members of what ever culture is the dominant culture matters like globalization impact all of us.

We are the first cut in order to create the margin of surplus value that fills the coffers of the rich and powerful.

Therefore I watched the protesters in Toronto cheering them on.  Including the Black Blocs.

This story is from Raw Story

http://rawstory.com/rs/2010/0630/g20-cops-threatened-women-rape/

By Daniel Tencer
Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 — 8:33 pm

Journalists covering the G20 summit in Toronto, Canada, last weekend have accused the local police of threatening them with rape, using male officers to strip-search young women, and even inappropriately touching an underage girl.

Four reporters have filed complaints with the province of Ontario’s police oversight agency. According to the Canwest News Service, those four include Jesse Rosenfeld, a freelancer for the UK’s Guardian whose alleged beating at the hands of Toronto police was chronicled on Twitter, as well Amy Miller of the Alternative Media Center.

Miller told a press conference earlier this week that she had her press pass ripped away from her and was “throttled by the neck and held down” while trying to record a confrontation between police and protesters. She was detained for 13 hours in a cage in a converted film studio on the city’s east side, along with about 25 other women.

“I was told I was going to be raped, I was told I was going to be gang-banged, I was told that I was never going to want to act as a journalist again by making sure that I would be repeatedly raped while I was in jail,” Miller said.

Miller described the police’s alleged behavior as “repulsive and completely inappropriate.”

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2 Responses to “G20 cops ‘threatened women with rape’”

  1. Jessica Says:

    I was at a solidarity demo in from of the Ottawa Police HQ last night.

    While most of the speakers, who had been in Toronto on the weekend, spoke of the immediate violence they had endured, one courageous young man spoke of the larger issues involved, including the austerity that has now been “sanctioned” by the “leaders” of the G20–a policy that, among others, was championed by my Prime Minister, Stephen Harper.

    The issues of power and oppression have been raised both on this blog and elsewhere.

    For myself, I am less and less able to see what power is.

    Oh I know the incidents described about, and all the others that were endured, and many witnessed, both by those on the ground and those watching through media. represent raw power, but, being a student of these things for so many years, I need something more I can engage/understand.

    What the leaders did in comfortable secrecy, immune from what they have described as necessary austerity–that will impoverish retirees, women, GLBT/T people, students, workers, in fact everyone who has a stake in the modern, once upon a time welfare state, at least it was in Canada–is not something new, just a new, and even more skeletal mask.

    As a concept, oppression is difficult to understand, because it manifests in so many guises, and is not limited to those we might like to hate–myself included–such as the police, especially those in their Blade Runner, cyperpunk futuristic armour, and the politicians.

    The overt violence we saw over the weekend–which appalled and shamed me–is a rather rare, though dramatic episode in oppression.

    It mostly happens in the ways all of us who are reading this comment are very familiar with: Mullaly refers to them as the aversions that make up our bureaucratic society, both the personal aversions, and the more anonymous ones that are the essence of our society: refusal to hire, refusal to train, refusal to promote, refusal to serve, the many bureaucratic barriers to equal access and treatment, the regulations, the attitudes that don’t end with a fire extinguisher on our head, but may well have the same result, if not quite as dramatically or as quickly.

    Violence doesn’t stop, of course.

    And few of us are the sources of violence–though when I read of American trans-prefixed persons revelling in their guns, in their fighting–and implicitly killing–techniques, I shudder.

    How to continue this thread of logic?

    Along with our many overlapped demographic characteristics, trans-prefixed AND female, of colour, working class, Jewish, Muslim, the list is neverending, there is our participation in the oppressive structures that we, though many of us challenge in whatever ways are open to us.

    There is no escaping our participation in the oppressive structures; reading–and writing–this comment is participation.

    Is it the same as the leaders of the G20, of course not.

    Is it the same as the police, of course not.

    I do not go out and beat the crap out of someone because I am, well, programed to oppress, but my programming is far more subtle than that.

    Sometimes, I do avert people; I cannot always engage constructively with others; I certainly do say things that I, on the other end, might well believe to be oppressive.

    What I do claim for myself, is that I reflect upon what I say and do–sometimes to the point of inaction.

    This is not the best post I have ever made, and I think most will see through my obfuscations.

    The point I’m trying to make, I believe, is that it is less the violence and the personalities we should be pointing at, as easy and as fun as that is.

    The oppression that is at the centre of our lives is not as obvious nor as easy to focus on as what we saw over the weekend, but it is pervasive in our lives–and it is seductive and almost irresistible.

    We must see it for what it is–and our complicity in it.

  2. RMJ Says:

    I have been very saddened by reports from the G20 protests. I doubt those threats were only threats; I have little hope that they were not fulfilled.


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