Challenging the Democratic Police State
Could this happen in Eureka? This is what’s happening right now in Europe:
MADRID, Spain (AP) — Unrest that has gripped Greece for the past six days showed troubling signs of spreading across Europe, as violence erupted in several cities.
Angry youths smashed shop windows, attacked banks and hurled bottles at police in small but violent protests Thursday in Spain and Denmark, while cars were set alight outside a consulate in France. Protesters gathered in front of the Greek Embassy in Rome on Wednesday and some turned violent, damaging police vehicles, overturning a car and setting a trash can on fire. **** Here’s the complete AP report: Greek-Inspired Demonstrations Spread.
The violent upheaval touched off the enraged youth of Greece like a match to a tinderbox. And that fire is moving across Europe. Heavy-handed police state tactics seem to only exacerbate* the rage and destruction. You’d think the draconian, dark-age war mongers would learn something in ten thousand years. Pictures of Greece show overwhelming numbers of youth raging against a thin line of police. My impression from watching was that the “Man” instills little fear and no respect. Anarchy begets mob-rule and when that mob decides to turn the tables on the police nothing anyone says will matter anymore. This is what happened in Greece according to this report on Democracy Now by Nikos Lountos in Athens Greece.
What was the most striking was that in literally every neighborhood in every city and town, school students walked out of their school on Monday morning. … And the anger was so really thick that policemen and police officers had to be locked inside their offices, surrounded by thirteen- and fourteen-year-old boys and girls. … Everybody in all of this, that even the riots, the big riots—you may have seen the videos—they are a social phenomenon, not just the result of some political incident. There were thousands of angry young people that came out in the streets to clash with the police and smash windows of banks, of five-star hotels and expensive stores. So, that’s true. It was something that waited to happen.
I think it’s a mixture of things. We have a government that’s—a government of the ruling party called New Democracy, a very right-wing government. It has tried to make many attacks on working people and students, especially students.
Do we have a tinderbox just waiting to be lit? Consider this as reported in the Times-Standard involving local police commando units operating against a segment of society victimized by draconian drug laws that are devoid of normal citizen legal protections. While these raids target gangs and parolee’s what about the innocent wives, girlfriends, their children and friends that are rousted and terrorized at all hours, sometimes at gun-point? Deaths in recent times at the hands of the police speaks for itself.
1) Gang task force arrests 6 in Eureka, McKinleyville
12/10/2008 – Officers of the Humboldt County Gang Task Force arrested six suspects this morning in a gang sweep targeting approximately a dozen suspected gang members, or known associates.
2) EPD conducts motel sweep
09/06/2008 – In response to reports of illegal activities occurring in and around local motels, the Eureka Police Department arrested 11 people in an enforcement sweep at several motels.
3) Federal officers report 25 fugitives arrested
10/25/2008 – The U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday that federal agents arrested 25 alleged fugitives in Humboldt County during a three-day, county-wide sweep.
4) Eureka gang sweep nets 8 arrests
03/11/2008 – Eight people were arrested on various drug charges in a gang sweep over the weekend in the Eureka and Humboldt Hill areas. On Saturday, members of the Humboldt County Gang Task Force targeted about a dozen suspected gang members or gang associates at homes in and around Eureka between 6:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Three gang task force teams, consisting of 24 officers, conducted probation and parole searches at 13 residences.(Emphasis by Joe)
You’d probably say from reading these and other reports that the police are doing a good job holding the line. Maybe they are, but why should they have to hold the line against our own children? That’s what they’re being forced to do in Europe. The police are not the problem. They only “exacerbate” that problem when they brutalize people and the community turns their collective heads.
So, while the youth of today are more and more showing their disdain and contempt for the “Man” it is the business and property owner that they attack. They blame and hold accountable these people, the business community, for what the government enforces in their name.
More than that, this fire appears to be a “social phenomenon” just waiting to happen and it looks like the recent election of Barack Obama put a wind to that fire!
1. to increase the severity, bitterness, or violence of (disease, ill feeling, etc.); aggravate.
2. to embitter the feelings of (a person); irritate; exasperate.