Rabble Rants: Police Crackdown Across Canada

Blueprints of Disruption

16-01-2024 • 50 mins

With activists and journalists being accosted and arrested across Canada last week - we thought it was time to reinforce that all cops are bastards (and tools of Capital) always. And that we can not, for a moment, make space for police responses to people trying to hold the powerful accountable.

We cover:

  • Journalist Brandi Morin arrested covering an encampment eviction in Edmonton, and the use of Police to clear eight sites in frigid temperatures;
  • The arrest of a certain right-wing journalist while trying to question Deputy Minister Chrystia Freeland - and what our collective response SHOULD have been;
  • Toronto Police declare an area of the City off limits to Pro-Palestinian protestors saying its a threat to the local Jewish community; and,
  • Ottawa Pro-Palestinian activists have been getting $490 fines from the City for breaking a noise by-law.

These open up discussions of police power and budgets, the criminalization of protests of any kind, the limiting of access to politicians and the attempts of the powerful of what is an acceptable protest.

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