Occupy Watch, Citizens Press and Mainstream News
By Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, Dec 6, 2013
FYI: Here is a very recent and clear example of how police and Native collaborators work in undermining and dividing our movements, while attempting to isolate warriors and other radicals in our ranks.
On Dec 2, 2013, a national day of solidarity with the Mi’kmaq anti-fracking resistance was held (#Shutdown Canada). In Vancouver, the day started at around 7AM with a one hour blockade of the main entrance to the Port of Vancouver. It was a good start in manifesting solidarity for the Mi’kmaq and in the spirit of the call out. This action was carried out by social justice activists, anarchists, and a couple of Native warriors.
Later in the day, a solidarity rally was held in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. This rally was organized by an informal group of Natives. As the people were
gathering at Main and Hastings streets, an as of yet unidentified Vancouver police Sergeant approached the rally and was warmly greeted by Noel Abrahams, a local Haida and a common sight at Native rallies and events in the city (easily recognizable as he often wears a cedar top hat). Abrahams shook hands with the cop and they appeared to exchange greetings.
The cop then approached one of the main organizers, Shannon Hecker, and began to tell her that anarchists in a Black Bloc were gathering at the Vancouver Art Gallery to join the march, and that they should isolate anyone wearing masks during the rally. He also offered the services of the Vancouver police in removing these people from the rally should it be requested by the organizers.
At the start of the Dec 2 rally, the crowd of approximately 100 formed a circle around the intersection and blocked all traffic (a standard and routine practise in Vancouver). A few fireworks were set off to the apparent amusement of many in the crowd. Among the speeches and slogans chanted was “United we stand, divided we fall.”
After about 15 minutes, the rally began marching west down Hastings Street. Some more fireworks were set off, and some people called out “Frack the police” (again to the apparent amusement of some in the rally). After marching two blocks, another drum circle was established (at the intersection of Carrall and Hastings street).
At this point, Rhiannon Bennett, a woman from the Musqueam nation whose traditional territory encompasses part of Vancouver, began a speech which demanded that all those wearing masks leave the rally, that masks were not traditional, etc. She also ordered that anyone swearing leave the rally (!), and stated that swearing was also not traditional. She claimed that since we were on Musqueam territory, we all had to abide by her commands.
The police sergeant who started the fear mongering was standing behind a few of the masked warriors at this point, grinning and obviously pleased with his work. He stated that they’d have to leave, that the Musqueam woman was in charge of the rally, and that they had to follow her orders. Instead, the masked warriors in the crowd challenged Bennett and demanded she stop trying to divide the group, reminding the crowd of the slogan they had just minutes ago chanted: “United we stand, divided we fall.”
Some people from within the rally approached Bennett, perhaps to tell her to stop, because at this time the march continued without further harassment. The masked warriors remained with the rally until it reached Waterfront Station, where it circled in the intersection before entering the complex itself (another now-routine action that began with the INM round dances in shopping malls).
At the ending of the event inside Waterfront Station, Noel Abrahams began a speech. He started by publicly thanking the Vancouver police for allowing the protest to march down Hastings Street. He then stated that a cop had requested a song for a Native man who had recently passed away, and invited the officer into the circle.
Here we have a solidarity rally with militant resistance being carried out by Mi’kmaq warriors, some of whom wear masks, that demands those in the rally wearing masks must leave. A solidarity rally with the Mi’kmaq, who are facing near daily violent assaults and arrests at the hands of police, that publicly thanks police and invites them into our circle.
This is a clear example of how police attempt to isolate warriors and their tactic of using Native collaborators (or dupes) from within our ranks to accomplish this task. It also brings up another issue however, and that is how do deal with Natives from the local traditional territory attempting to exert authority over public gatherings.
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