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Information and Updates on “No Pipelines” Graffiti Raid and Repression

Business mural with "No Pipelines" spray painted on it, Commercial Drive, Vancouver.

Business mural with “No Pipelines” spray painted on it, Commercial Drive, Vancouver.

from Beat the Raids

Beat The Raid will be a place to hear up to date info on the repression of anti-pipelines activists and anarchists in so called Vancouver, BC. We are still fundraising and now selling no pipelines patches and t-shirts to help with legal funds. You can contact us at beattheraid[at]riseup.net for questions and interview requests.

Together we will beat the isolation the state imposes on us. Read the rest of this entry

Anti-Pipeline Graffiti Raid Update: VPD Claiming $500,000 in Damages Not Including Graffiti

No Pipelines graffiti in East Vancouver.

No Pipelines graffiti in East Vancouver.

On June 3rd, 2014, Vancouver Police staged a “guns-drawn” raid against a house of known indigenous and anarchist opponents to the energy policies of the central government and its corporate sponsors.

The ostensible reason for the raid was given as the search for graffiti materials believed to be tied to an ongoing “no pipelines” tagging campaign. One person was arrested, but released without charges or conditions.

The Vancouver Police Department returned on June 12 at around 9am with a warrant to take a DNA blood sample from the accused. The accused was again released without charges. There has been no info on the result of the DNA blood sample nearly 5 months after. Read the rest of this entry

Know Your Enemy: Vancouver Police Detective Bert Rainey

Vancouver cop Detective Constable Bert Rainey (No. 1423) with one of the cell phones stolen during the June 3, 2014, raid in East Vancouver.

Vancouver cop Detective Constable Bert Rainey (No. 1423) with one of the cell phones stolen during the June 3, 2014, raid in East Vancouver.

On June 3, 2014, a house was raided in East Vancouver under the pretext of an investigation into anti-pipelines graffiti.  On June 12, the Vancouver police returned with a DNA warrant for one of the members of the household.  As Warrior Publications reported at the time, the primary cop investigator for this case appears to be Detective Constable Bert Rainey (No. 1423).  Rainey also appears to be one of the main “political cops” for the Vancouver Police Department (VPD). Read the rest of this entry