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Event Archive - Support show for the Waldorf 8: Che Chapter 127, The Rebel Spell, Harrow - Vancouver

Sat. May 8th 2004 Pat's Pub (No Minors)
9:30 - 12:00
Vancouver Police Brutally Assault Eight Eastside Residents At approximately 2:30 AM on Sunday, February 29th, members of the Vancouver Police Department attacked six women and two men returning home from a show at the Waldorf. The eight eastside residents were walking up Hastings Street, when police arrived on the scene, and confronted the residents. Women from the group asked why they were being stopped. Responses from the attending officers were hostile as one of the women questioning their actions was shoved and told to "shut up" by the officers. Officers refused to respond to any other questions, or provide their badge numbers to the group, and provide reason for detainment, and responded with hostility. The officers became physically aggressive and grabbed one of the women under the guise of trying to arrest her. At this point, several other back up officers arrived at the scene and began to assault the others from the group. Batons and pepper spray at close-range were employed on all of the seven resulting in injuries from bruising to fractured ribs. One woman was hospitalized with an injury to her eye and head, and four people were knocked unconscious at the scene. A 911 call was made at the scene by a witness bystander. Seven people required medical attention on the scene and at the police precinct.
I saw five police kicking and punching one woman who was
handcuffed, face down and her feet restrained, she was screaming for help, and I was telling them to stop, said eyewitness Kathleen Yearwood. At the height of the police riot, there were approximately 30 police and 15 cars, and Hastings street was shut down for two hours. People on the street who were requesting the police stop the violence were threatened with arrest. After the assaults and arrests which continued for over an hour, seven people were held in custody for 18 hours and are now facing criminal charges for obstruction, mischief and assault on police officers. It is suspected that police were particularly cruel to these individuals as they are well-known political activists from the Downtown Eastside community. Witnesses to the event were shocked at the illegality and unprovoked violence from the police.

>>> On March 9.2004 at 9am the seven defendants will be in court for their first appearance. We are asking for your support and donations
>>> to assist in legal defense and in moving forward with legal action against the Vancouver Police Department.
Come to the show support our calls for action against this sensless violence!


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Che Chapter 127 (Hardcore)

Born as a vehicle to express radical political beliefs, we are a band whose sonics defy stereotypes. We are the collision where raging guitars meet bottom heavy basslines meet caffeinated breakbeats meet lyrical drive-bys fueled by a stance of resistance. In both our music and content, we refute silence, because we know that our silence will not pr... more info

The Rebel Spell (Political Punk)

other sites: therebelspell
We came together in 2002 in East Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories. We are passionate about DIY culture, community building and social change. History We released our first album, Expression in Laymen’s Terms in 2003. Wretchederin recorded it at Fiasco Bros. studio and Doug Naugler mixed it. We hand cut and glued cases for the first 500 c... more info

Harrow - Vancouver

(noun): A farm implement consisting of a heavy frame with sharp teeth or upright disks, used to break up and even off plowed ground. (verb): 1. To break up and level (soil or land) with a harrow. 2. To inflict great distress or torment on. more info
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