Missouri Anarchists Beaten in Jail, Call for Solidarity

<table><tr><td>We all saw the footage from Chicago. The phalanxes of police officers and frame after frame of bleeding head wounds. Our friends and comrades had just returned from those brutal city streets. Even those witnessing these scenarios unfold for the first time understood the necessity of response.

On May 24th 30-40 people answered the call for a Chicago solidarity demo through the downtown St. Louis bar district. The march wound its way from the once occupied plaza through a semi bustling nightlife scene and ran unchallenged for nearly half an hour.

During the march banks were tagged with "Solidarity with all who resist", "Burn the Banks" and other phrases. An irate cardinals fan, who was later discovered to be the property manager at one of the banks, set himself against the march by following it, harassing the marchers and communicating with police. In the end, he received several blows to the head before retreating to the safety of the cop line. </td><td><img title="I <3 STL" src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2012/carfirecopitaly.jpg"></td><...

The police do not pull punches here. The bodies of the routinely beaten, shot and assaulted by the STL Police are testament to that. And their responses are rarely proportional. This night was no exception. Cops on bike, foot, in cars and a helicopter descended on the small group. A scuffle ensued and ten arrests were made. According to the news, two officers were struck in the head and another ended up needing medical treatment for a hand injury. Even when the numbers are small our hearts can fill with the utmost solidarity our hands can deliver.

Of the ten arrested, five were released without charges, four are charged with misdemeanor riot and felony resisting and interference. One comrade received five felonies, two assault, two resisting and interference, and one property damage, and two misdemeanors, riot and assault. All charged are currently out on bail.

While in custody, the arrested faced the brutality of the STLPD, a fact that most in this broken city face daily. The killings by police on the street and in the jails are so recurrent that they barely make the news at this point. But we remember, and we remember the recent horror of our friends beaten and tortured last march. Our fears for those in custody this time were not unfounded.

Upon their release, we learned that while being interrogated one prisoner had a knife held to their throat, that they were choked and lifted off the ground and punched in the chest for non-compliance. One comrade, who is facing the most serious charges, was brought to the interrogation room where a detective repeatedly struck him in the face, breaking his nose while he was shackled to the floor. They continued to make threats of violence if he continued to "not comply"

We are well aware that this is a war, made of many small, endless battles. At no time are we safe from the thugs of the state. Our bodies are constantly under threat of attack. One of our only recourses is solidarity with those who bare the bruises of repression. This is the second time this year we are turning our gazes outward and hoping for a response. We last asked for shows of solidarity, it mostly fell on deaf ears. Let there be no questions or confusion now, this is a call for solidarity, for actions and attacks for our comrades.

If the STLPD thinks it can keep beating us in the darkness or in the privacy of interrogations, it will. This call is going out to STL and the rest of the country for us to show them that when they strike we return the favor in kind.

Solidarity means attack
Some Midwest anarchists

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As someone from the Metro East St Louis who received a head wound requiring seven staples while at the Chicago NATO protests, this story touches my heart. I know there were people there who have met me personally, and wish I could've hit the streets with you all in St Louis instead of working that night. Again, much love, thank you.

lol @ captain anarchy here trying pretty hard to establish his cred

lol @ capitalist douch here trying pretty hard establish his cointelbro

your an idiot, fuck you.

*you're

grammar nazis are still nazis

fuck staples. hope you're okay.

(also, fuck the commenter below. you're telling your personal story. totally relevant.)

they were very lucky to have met you personally.

It's unbelievable what police are allowed to get away with. I'm living in an extended stay right now because I'm afraid to go home because the police and I recently published a book entitled "white shirt- why is society arresting and convicting the harmless?". Imagine having to live in a community where they are beating and setting people up daily. It's frightening

The "harmless" don't interest me

"An irate cardinals fan, who was later discovered to be the property manager at one of the banks, set himself against the march by following it, harassing the marchers and communicating with police. In the end, he received several blows to the head before retreating to the safety of the cop line."

Where machism and total stupidity meets, a capitalist showed up, and got what he deserved!

WTF ths idiot thought he was... Superman? What a total fucking DOUCHEBAG!

solidarity from oakland!

we did NOT agree to this at the consensus meeting.

-- Some Oakland Anarchists

We were out rioting while you're at your consensus assembly

-Oakland

Cops should be treated without mercy when they act like this.

Good to hear some of the motherfuckers ended up in the hospital. There was footage from Chicago of a pig with a knife, the next day they claimed to the newspapers that a pig got a knife in his leg. Any chance that pig fell on his own blade? Lucky for him it wasn't a fucking sword.

If the local cops are big on beating people, they need to understand that what comes around, goes around. Some people will meet force with force, as this event proves. Any time cops from a department with a reputation for brutality find themselves at a disadvantage on the street, they should expect a world of payback.

Anyone who is asaaulted by the pigs for refusing to give information is protecting those he or she knows about in the best way and needs our total support.

St. Louis is terrible with this. Every other week some person of color is shot by the cops, of course the liberals never care because it's always justified. "He had a weapon", "they sold drugs", "they were in a gang", "they drove their car towards us".
It happens so often and not even a mumble out of the liberals and progressives (no surprise there).

But cops die every now and then as well in this town.

The "injured" pigs ran into a wall, without the help of our comrades.
I watched one cop crash his bike(perhaps animals shouldn't attempt to bike?) and the other run full speed, on foot, into a wall. It was like a Three Stooges episode.

Why are you all so angry? These so-called protesters were breaking the law when the spray paint started. Did they expect the police to ask them to PLEASE stop and then they would get candy?

From Cleveland to Chicago to Stl, all cops are bastards, burn in hell! Much love.

from a solidarity poster distributed in bloomington, in:

On May 19th, three people associated with the Occupy movement were arrested in Chicago, just before the anti-NATO protest. Two infiltrators had been working with them for months, trying to persuade them to escalate their tactics—just as in the recent Cleveland bomb scare. Whether the infiltrators would have succeeded in pushing them further than they wanted to go, we’ll never know. Desperate to make an arrest that would intimidate the NATO protestors, divide the Occupy movement from its most radical members, and create an impressive spectacle, the police attacked. Their most substantial evidence is beer-making supplies at the house the NATO 3 were arrested in, which they claim are bomb materials.

While we are confident that the NATO 3 will beat these ludicrous charges, they are being held in solitary confinement on 1.5 million dollars bond each. It often comforts prisoners to know that people on the outside love them and are thinking about them, so a solidarity demonstration was called for May 24th, in St Louis, MO. It was a noisy, vibrant, nighttime march, enjoyed by the people it passed. “Solidarity with all who resist!” was painted on a business window, and, of course, a businessman got angry, and, of course, there was an altercation; the cops showed up, hit people, were allegedly hit in return, and so on. By the end of the night, ten people were in jail—one charged with five felony counts of assault, property damage and riot, as well as two misdemeanors. Others are charged with felony resisting, interference, and misdemeanor riot.
Fuck.
This.
Shit.
As a wise woman once said, “If you hit me and I hit back, we still ain’t even.” There is no way in society as it exists today to have a fair fight with the police; they have vast, systemic power, and will always be better equipped and better financed than we are. Nor can we let them hurt anyone, particularly those close to us, with complete impunity, without a response from us. We must fight, but we must fight asymmetrically. If we must respond, if we are forced into reaction instead of attack, let it be waves of reaction¬—if strange and inadequate, funny and offputting¬—that build off each other to create an ocean of solidarity. Solidarity actions in response to the repression of solidarity actions with people we’ve never met, accused of crimes that never occurred—this is utterly bizarre, but this is our life.

You should care about this. You should care that the government is making tactical strikes against its enemies. Maybe you don’t think of yourself as an enemy of the government or capitalism; maybe you would never consider opposing it publically, in a quiet, accepted way or otherwise. Still, think about your life: do you feel safer, happier, more fulfilled because of your job, the police, the taxes you pay? Even if you feel those things on a surface level, do you feel like something is missing, that you could be living in a way that is more glorious and beautiful? Do you see people around you who suffer, or read books about terrible things in America’s past, or hear of people in far-off lands whose lives seem impossibly hard, and wish that you could do something about it—something more meaningful than giving to a charity or voting in the elections? We suggest a first step:
Show solidarity to all who resist!

This is amazing. Thank you to everyone who is showing solidarity. ---some anarchist from stl

you will not be forgotten

They're not dead yo

Note: This march was also in solidarity with those framed in Cleveland and Chicago.

i'd like to add they also strip searched 2 girls, one of them who was wearing a leg and arm brace from being beaten and raped. the pigs took her braces off, threw her against a wall and slammed the injured arm against a table.
- the anarchist who had the knife held to his throat

Do you have any info on the pigs that did it? Names, badge numbers? I know they're all the same, but still...

they took their badges off so we wouldnt have their names

That's really fucked man.

-solidarity from a seattle anarchist.

The one wearing the braces - was she the 19 yr old?

You stated that one was wearing a leg and arm brace as a result of being raped and beaten. That is not true. She was not raped and beaten. If you want to be credible speak the truth instead of spewing lies!

HER ROYAL WORSHIPFULNESS

Her Royal Pompousness Queen Lizard will be having her Diamond Jubilee celebrated at the London Tea Room,1520 Washington Avenue, St. Louis, on June 5, 2012 between 11AM and 1PM.

If there was ever a symbol of the greed of the top 1% and their setting themselves as a permanent ruling class for all of us to bow down to, pay homage to, and get down on our knees and worship, it is queen Elizabeth.Her family has been robbing the English taxpayers for over a thousand years straight.
So I say we should picket this gathering. 314-262-5438 is my number if you get at least 5 pickets.

huh?

If you are truly against the system (which I think anyone with any sense should be) why don't you A: walk away from it and rebuild somewhere else, or B: wage truly effective covert strikes against key targets (ala ELF)? Or post clear pictures of the offending officers and track them to their houses? Cops gotta sleep too... Rioting against a squad of police that are heavily armed and control an entire city, when you are vastly out-numbered and out-gunned, seems like a loser strategy. Wanna say that I "don't get it"? ...guilty as charged.

Yeah but you're much more likely to hear about the stuff that happens with a really big public profile.

Just assume the next cop you see is the guilty person, and act accordingly.

Any cop that isn't doing to "the bad cops" what they do to us, is a bad cop. Treat them that way.

When a cop starts beating the shit out of other cops for what they've done, then I'll forgive them.

We don't need badges to know which cop is which. We can do the same "face drawing from description" thing that they do. Otherwise getting pics of all the cops and identifying them that way isn't all that hard.

Comrades, Im an anarchist from Ky, things here arent any better than anywhere else. On one hand you have a bunch of redneck drug addicts who are completey out of their minds and unable to see the fragile state of the world around them, and on the other hand you have the bible pushers who are too stupid see past the bullshit. Everyone else being raised in a rural area whos only connection to civilization is internet and t.v. have been completely brainwahsed by what the media giants say is the truth. But there are a few of us who know, we understand, and we stand with you.

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