Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Three Queer/Trans folk arrested outside drag show in Guelph

Infoshop News March 11, 2010

Three members of the Fierce and Fabulous collective based out of Guelph,
Ontario, Canada were arrested on Friday, March, 6th, 2010 with charges of
allegedly assaulting a peace officer (campus cop) outside of a drag show
at the University of Guelph on Friday night. They were held over night at
the Guelph police station. All were released with conditions. Two have
curfews of 11:00 pm and one has a curfew of 9:00 pm. All three of the
kidnapped queer/trans folk have conditions to not associate with each
other. One of the folks arrested who is trans. identified is also charged
with a breech of probation. The specifics of the arrests are not being
talked about due to legal reasons.

The folks arrested were brutally fucked up by the pigs. One person was
slammed into the ground, had their head smashed onto the cruiser multiple
times, and was kept in tight handcuffs to the point of having cuts and
bruising on their wrists. These violent actions will NOT be tolerated, nor
will the choices of the university security (The Brass Taps) who called
them. The cops hope to serve their role by instilling fear into us and
repressing us. Together we need to stay strong and make sure that not only
their repression backfires, but that we also gather strength from these

Although Fierce and Fabulous can’t say a whole lot about the context of
the arrests, the real reasons for these arrests and the police violence
are very clearly not because of the alleged charges of “assaulting a peace
officer.” It wasn’t coincidence that the arrests happened outside of a
drag show or that they were harassed by a private security company
beforehand. These arrests are yet another ridiculously obvious attack on
queers/transfolk. The war against us all becomes even more apparent, and
makes seeing through the state’s and the university’s “queer positive”
(but only if yer assimilationist, and straight) bullshit facade even more

Their next court dates are March 15th, March 22nd and April 19th. At the
Guelph Ontario Court Of “Justice”, 36 Wyndham St. South. 9:30 a.m Come out
and support them, or send e-mails of support to

Up The Queers, Up The Trannies!

In Love And Even More Rage,

The Fierce and Fabulous Krew!

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