the real secret of police interventions

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Posted by rainer ganahl on November 13, 1996 at 10:07:10:

In Reply to: I know this kind of story..... posted by Stefan Beck on October 30, 1996 at 05:56:44:

: Dear Rainer, this is very nice story. This could have
: happened to me - but the other way round. Did I
: tell you the story how the police caught me in
: Tokyo at 3AM in the morning and accused me of
: driving a stolen bicycle??
: You will agree that the answer: This bicycle belongs
: to a friend of mine is not a very good excuse if
: have little information about this friend because
: all you knew about him was contracted via email.
: So, a "email-friend" is no real body for the police.
: There is normally no last name, because you write
: to his acronymous account, and there is no "adress" because
: the email-account can be everywhere.
: If the Tokyo Polive didnt believe me that I had his
: "real" phone-number at my hotel at Shinjuku, and I
: was really lucky that I made a copy of it the evening
: before, I would have been in the same situation
: that I had to "track" him down via his email-account
: - in order to prove that I was not riding a stolen
: bicycle.
: The lesson? You can use "real" things, but they belong
: only to "virtual" persons. Next time "viruatl" police
: can give you "real" punishment?!?
: Yours
: Stefan

as you know, I was too constantly harrassed by the japanese
police about the status of the bicycle I was riding.

the most interesting thing was to observe how, over months, I slowly
became completely destabilized and paranoid through these constant
police interventions

I got a slight idea how psychological destructions operate for persons of color
who get constantly harrassed by the police in almost every european
country on a daily basis...

the effect of permanent police control causes a serious
psychological problem even if all the papers are correct

and this seems to be the true goal of this police actions

Frantz Fanon can teach us a lot about this

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