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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

Update on Anti-Graffiti Raid: VPD Vampires Return for Blood Sample

VPD detective constable Rainey with one of the stolen cell phones taken during the June 3 raid.

VPD detective constable Rainey with one of the stolen cell phones taken during the June 3 raid.

by Zig Zag, Vancouver Media Coop, June 12, 2014

On Thursday, June 12, 2014, at around 9:30AM, approximately six or more Vancouver cops returned to the East Vancouver home they had previously raided on June 3 under the pretext of investigating six “graffiti tags.”

This time they knocked, instead of yelling their fool heads off as they did during the June 3 raid. When the door was answered by one of the household members, VPD detective constable Rainey told her that they were returning some of the property they had stolen during the June 3 raid, and that the members of the house would have to sign for their release.

When the one house member named in the June 3 search warrant went to the door, he was asked if a bag of silkscreen frames were his, then told there was a warrant to take a DNA sample from him. He was then arrested, placed in a prisoner transport van, and taken to the VPD headquarters at 3585 Graveley Street, near Boundary Road. Read the rest of this entry

Vancouver Police officer injured by car while escorting anti-pipeline protesters

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Updates on East Vancouver “no pipelines” police raid and legal defence fundraising

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

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

A series of news reports on the June 3, 2014, police raid in East Vancouver, BC, as well as a link to legal defence and communications fundraising.  Special thanks to all the comrades who have offered support and members of the public who have donated to fundraising efforts.  We will be neither silenced nor intimidated in our defence of Mother Earth!  Read the rest of this entry

Search warrants used in East Vancouver anti-graffiti raid

Warrant 1 RedactedHere are the search warrants used by the Vancouver police for the June 3, 2014, raid in East Vancouver.  The name of the targeted individual and the house address have been blocked out.  There are two separate warrants, one issued on June 2, 2014, and sworn by Detective Derek Wong, who is apparently a member of the VPD Anti-Graffiti Unit.  The secondary warrant is issue on June 3 to Ram Gregoriou (formerly Ramndeep Barn), who is also a Vancouver constable although it is unknown what unit he is stationed in.  The seventh JPG image is of two sticky notes left in the kitchen of the raided house, assumed to be names of cops and rooms they were to search. Read the rest of this entry

Police raid house in East Vancouver, with guns drawn, on pretext of anti-pipeline graffiti

No Pipelines Graffiti 2by Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, June 3, 2014

At around 9AM on June 3, 2014, approximately 16 cops from the Vancouver Police Department raided a house in East Vancouver under the pretext of investigating six mischief charges related to graffiti tags dating from June, July, and October of 2013. The four residents of the house, and one guest, were removed one by one by police aiming pistols at them. One person inside the house looked out their bedroom window and saw a cop pointing his pistol at him.

The house targeted by the raid is comprised of radicals involved in Indigenous resistance as well as anarchist projects in the city (including myself, the editor of the Warrior Publications wordpress site). Read the rest of this entry

#Solidarity Fail: Cops and Collaborators Conspire to Isolate Warriors at Vancouver Protest

By Zig Zag, Warrior Publications, Dec 6, 2013

"I'd like to thank the police... for punching me in the face" said no on ever; Mi'kmaq warriorPaul "Soda Pop" Francis assaulted by RCMP, Dec 2, 2013.

“I’d like to thank the police… for punching me in the face” said no one ever; Mi’kmaq warrior Paul “Soda Pop” Francis assaulted by RCMP, Dec 2, 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. Read the rest of this entry