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      “By Any Means Necessary...”

      Revolutionary Black Liberation Leader in the U.S.

      Police state and police brutality

      “If we’re going to talk about police brutality it’s because police brutality exists. Why does it exist? Because our people in this particular society live in a police state. A black man in America lives in a police state. He doesn’t live in any democracy, he lives in a police state. That’s what it is, that’s what Harlem is.

      I visited the Casbah in Casablanca and I visited the one in Algiers, with some of the brothers - blood brothers. They took me all down into it and showed me the suffering, showed me the conditions that they had to live under while they were being occupied by the French. They showed me the conditions that they lived under while they were colonized by these people from Europe. And they also showed me what they had to do to get those people off their back.

      They lived in a police state, Algeria was a police state. Any occupied territory is a police state; and this is what Harlem is. Harlem is a police state; the police in Harlem, their presence is like occupation forces, like an occupying army. They’re not in Harlem to protect us; they’re not in Harlem to look out for our welfare; they’re in Harlem to protect the interests of the businessmen who don’t even live there.”

      May 29, 1964

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