APF condemns police brutality against striking security guards
Sunday 25 June 2006 by Dale
APF CONDEMNS POLICE BRUTALITY AIMED AT LEGAL STRIKE BY SECURITY GUARDS
WE STAND WITH THE SECURITY WORKERS IN THEIR LEGITIMATE ATTEMPTS TO IMPROVE THEIR WORKING LIVES AND PROTECT THEIR HUMAN DIGNITY
The Anti Privatisation Forum extend our solidarity to all security guards and their respective unions involved in the current strike action against the Security company bosses. We unconditionally condemn the action of police who shot your fellow members marching for their rights in Johannesburg and Tshwane on Friday.
To often now are the police resorting to the tactics of the past apartheid regime in firing their weapons at people involved in legitimate protests for better working conditions, wages and services in their homes. We stand against the use of weapons by the police on any marches or protests that the working class are involved in to improve their lives at work or at home. Over the past several years, the police forces have regularly been guilty of provoking peaceful marches and resorting to strong-arm tactics when it comes to mass demonstrations and marches of poor communities and worker unions. The question must be asked as to who exactly is guilty of violent conduct?
We were horrified to see the pictures of security guards in extreme pain after being shot in the eyes and legs by trigger happy police. We sympathise and support your struggle and know you are right when you say ”you guard billions yet are paid peanuts”. We know that you are right to demand better wages, benefits and respect for the dangerous job you have to do to protect the property of the rich and money of the bosses. We know that your strike and marches are about improving your lives and human dignity. We stand with you against your profit hungry bosses, we stand with you against police brutality. We call for a condemnation of the police action by the ANC Premier Shilowa.
For further comment/information, contact APF office on (011) 339-4121