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Police attack youth at 'Beat the Pipelines' march in Vancouver

SCNCC, May 2 2014 - 16:30

Footage posted to Youtube on Thursday shows police brutalizing a youth at a "Beat the Pipelines" May Day gathering in Vancouver, BC.  

The incident occured during a protest against pipelines carrying tar sands oil from Alberta into export hubs in BC. Witnesses say the teenager was photographing the protest from atop a bicycle when members of the Vancouver Police Department forced him off his bike and pinned him down on the sidewalk. 

"Please stop, I’m a minor,” the teenager screams as an officer kicks him twice in his lower back and stomach region.

As BC increasingly becomes an epicenter for processing and transporting North America’s fossil fuels -- including coal, tar sands oil, and liquified natural gas from fracking -- demonstrations against  government and energy corporations have become more and more combative. Many in the region view the approval processes for new fossil fuel infrastructure as sham. 

Police VPD Attack May Day March Vancouver