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WarriorPublications.com Statement on RBC Arson Attack

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Banner displayed during anti-olympic rally on May 2009
Banner displayed during anti-olympic rally on May 2009

Original Peoples, →Agriculture, →Environment

May 21, 2010

Occupied Coast Salish Territory

[Vancouver, Canada]

The May 18, 2010, arson attack on the Royal Bank of Canada in Ottawa was clearly an anti-colonial and anti-capitalist action. It has had a strong impact across the country and invoked the wrath of the state. As both sabotage and propaganda, the attack was highly successful: the bank was almost totally destroyed while the RBC's funding of the genocidal Tar Sands was once again highlighted.

The attack appears to be by non-Native militants acting, in part, in solidarity with Native peoples in both BC (the 2010 Olympics and its aftermath) and northern Alberta (Tar Sands), both of which the RBC has been a main funder for.

The action and communique from the FFFC-Ottawa speaks for itself. In the days following, others (besides the government, corporations and pigs) have also taken the opportunity to speak; not against the RBC or genocide of Indigenous peoples, but against those who carried out the action.

Some have done so by invoking the struggle of Indigenous peoples itself as a way of condemning the attack. Some Native reformists and bureaucrats have attempted to impose themselves as some kind of 'leadership' over Indigenous peoples and resistance. One jet-setting actorvist has stated that those who support the struggle against the Tar Sands must abide by the 'leadership' of those on the 'front lines,' including nonviolence (although the only 'front line' he's familiar with is that at the airport check-in).

I personally know Dene from the Fort McMurray area who rejoiced at the news that an RBC had been fire-bombed as an act of anti-colonial solidarity. They are the real people—they have seen, and are seeing, family members die of cancers, their land and water toxified, their traditional way of life destroyed, as a result of the Tar Sands and RBC's financial support.

Not every Dene, or Indigenous person, will agree with the attack. Nor will every 'actorvist.' But then, not everyone agrees with flying around the world attending conferences or rallies. Or walking around in circles with flimsy placards. Yet, we know, or should know, that all these activities are necessary at times to build awareness, consciousness, solidarity, action, and to achieve our objective(s). That is why the principle of respect for a diversity of tactics is promoted.

It is ironic that in this year of 2010, the 20th anniversary of the 'Oka Crisis', when armed warriors confronted Canadian soldiers in the Kanienkehaka communities of Kanehsatake and Kahnawake, there are Indigenous 'defenders' now attempting to impose codes of 'nonviolence.'

Our peoples have engaged in over 500 years of resistance to colonization using a diversity of tactics, including armed resistance, blockades, occupations, protests, land reclamations, etc. Yes, people have died and many more have been injured, property destroyed, etc.—but colonialism is by its very nature violent.

Indigenous peoples in Canada suffer many casualties today. Suicides, drugs and alchohol, disease, toxic water, prisons, police violence, thousands of missing or murdered Native women. These are not the result of anti-colonial resistance, but that of colonial genocide. Yet, neither Canada nor the corporations involved in destroying land and life are ever described as 'violent.' It is only when there is a militant attack against them that there is a moralizing cry of violence.

To support the institutionalized violence of colonialism, or the state's monopoly on the use of violence, while condemning those who resist such violence, is nothing less than hypocrisy.

Yes, there is violence in resistance, there is love and joy, there is heartache, there is bitterness and hatred as well as hope and passion. Sounds like life, doesn't it? And those who risk their freedom in this life and death struggle should be respected for their courage and committment, not condemned.

 

In the Spirit of Total Resistance—Smash Capitalism!

Long Live the Class Warrior!

Originally published on Warrior Publications

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Comments

respect for a diversity of tactics?

your comments here are far less respectful of a diversity of tactics than the statements of those you criticize.

Sigh

Gord Hill's usual personal invective. Predictable and unconvincing. Your argument would be stronger without attacking everyone who disagrees with you as an "actorvist".

Keep your sighs and predictions to yourself

fuck you vancouver anonymous, who is this vancouver anonymous who writes more often than not, comments meant to negate the previous opinion, viewpoint, direct experience?

and this time, sigh, like the world is so unamusing to you these days, and you know so well what to expect of each moment and the future.  bourgeois goof

I dare you to write three paragraphs at least, let's see your 'style', and the stregnth of your thoughts, not just your pronouncements, arrogant hater fuck.  I hate you.

I liked the way the article was expressed, and the reality of the words on violence.  Succinct and direct.  It's amazing though how people can be distracted by their personal feelings of being attacked.  So much that they look past real words and and the experience of many, being expressed elogantly, if also biting at the same time.

It is interesting how most people won't denonce the state and it's violences very articulately, if at all.  Though individuals who measure out violence, intentionally, are denigrated with many adjectives and hopes for state reprisal against them, and for their suffering.     You are the colonizer.  You are l'Agent Provocateur.

Being against colonialisation, and not being convinced of the violence involved, or the necesity of violent attack on the state by peoples around the world(oh but yes, just not these people here against this state) starts me generalizing in my thoughts about the writer(anonymous).  But these generalities might not be that interesting or accurate, I admit, and I have little want to confuse you any more with your own defensiveness or introspection(are you introspective?)

Solidarity with fighters and poets.

Gord, thanks for saying so

Gord, thanks for saying so well what so many of us are thinking and many others are learning with every new act of resistance.  People could take a lesson or two here in what solidarity means.

I like that the defense of

I like that the defense of Kanesatake (Oka) is raised in this statement because I think it underlines a significant difference between that defense and clandestine actions like the arson.

The most significant difference is that the "warriors" that defended Kanesatake were under direct civilan control by the women of the community that they were defending. The armed men were directly accountable to that community and took up and laid down thier arms on the orders of civilain community members that were also defending the land.

That is a huge difference with the clandestine arsonists who as far as anyone can tell are a self-appointed, unaccountable small cell operating without any civilain or community control.

 

Let the Glass break and the Mollies fly!

"by any means necessary"

FREEDOM!

Right

Man, if you're going to bash Clayton in such an obvious way you might as well just say his name.

It's pretty rich to call anyone who doesn't agree with blowing shit up a "reformist." But more to the point, the IEN statement wasn't bashing anybody. It was simply an acknowledgement of the work that they have been doing and a suggestion for those (particularly non-Indigenous individuals) who invoke the call for respect of Indigenous rights to COMMUNICATE  with and listen to the Indigenous communities that their "actions" will invariably affect.

Solidarity? Respect? We're all in this fight together.

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