Response to the Anti-Capitalist Resistance Comic

Posted: April 6, 2013 by pdbasinang in Cases - Public Order, Toronto G20 2010
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At the glance of the cover of Gord Hill’s comic, I noticed that there are two groups of people rivaling each other. The left side of the cover appears to be a group of rebels and the right side of the cover appears to be a group of riot police. The comic had illustration the protestors wearing full black vandalizing cars, breaking glass windows, and stealing parts of mannequins from shops. The protestors were shown to resist the force of the police, throwing rocks at a group of cops. The comic also illustrated the police brutality that occurred in the G20 Toronto summit. The police were aggressive to the pacifist protesters and proceed to charge at them after the pacifist protestors finished singing Canada’s national anthem, “Oh Canada.” Mounted police were sent to the event, so that they can easily charge into the crowd and “catch the agitators.” Due to having felt humiliated for being unable to control the crowd decided to assault anyone whether they are the pacifist protestors or a citizen passing by. At the last page of the comic, we see more of police attacking the protestors as well as arresting someone because they found evidence that the person might be one of the vandals from the protest. The last page also showed a bunch of riot police cornering a group of people into one area, calling the technique “Kettle” and also grabbing prisoners from the crowd and putting them on an unmarked police van. The comic then explains that an old studio was used to as a prison to put the protestors in.

There are many things in the comic that got my mind thinking. Firstly, the comic seemed to show more of the police brutality than the protest. Isn’t the comic called Anti-Capitalist Resistance?  Secondly, there is some uninformed information in the comic such as the reason to attack the pacifist protestors. The only reason that was given to why they attacked the protestors is because they failed to control them, but before that they were already attacking the protest. Another unexplained information is the raiding of the university at the last page of the comic. The police raided the university, but there was no reason why they raided the building other than the information that is where the protests were staying.

Other than the uninformed information, the comic displayed the relation between the police and the public citizens. There were many arrests of protests during the G20 incident, but shouldn’t the police who committed brutality be accountable for their actions?

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Comments
  1. Mike Larsen says:

    The comic does indeed show more of the police brutality than the protest. There are a few reasons for this. First, after the first day of action, which involved considerable police violence, the focus of the protests for the duration of the event was on the police. Second, it is important to note that, from a radical standpoint, there are few forces that are more representative of capitalism than the public police. Police are agents of the state and, from a radical perspective, enforcers of class divisions. Accordingly, protests against police are, by definition, protests against capitalism.

    You conclude by asking: “shouldn’t the police who committed brutality be accountable for their actions?”

    Yes, they should. But in many cases, they were not. Our task is to understand why.

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