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Fuck the police, revisited…

In posse on 2007/01/14 at 12:25 am

Like me, you might have already heard the story of what happened to Toronto based MC K’naan while on tour in Sweden last year, but I just came across the wicked postscript to this brutal tale, on youtube no doubt.

On the evening of March 14th, 2006, Somali/Canadian recording artist, K’naan, and his manager, Sol Guy, were physically attacked by security guards working for the Tradgarn venue in Gothenburg, Sweden. Guy and K’naan were then on a European tour as the support act for Grammy Award winning reggae star Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley.

1. Having completed the show that evening they were leaving an area of Tradgarn venue when K’naan was shoved out the door by a security guard and told that they had to leave.

2. Confused by the security guard’s actions, Guy replied that they still had equipment and computers in the venue and needed to access another part of the venue in order to gather their things. In an effort to avoid further unprovoked physical assault Guy attempted to walk around the security guard. Rather than act in the professional manner required of his position, the security guard instead chose to rally his colleagues in violence.

3. While K’naan was restrained and assaulted by two security guards, Guy was dragged into a kitchen area by two other security guards and subsequently kicked and punched in the ribs, jaws, head and face.

4. He was then handcuffed and made to lie on a dirty floor littered with bits of glass.

5. The Gothenburg city police were called and upon their arrival took only the security guards statement and then arrested Guy without explaining what it was that he was being charged with.

6. Upon arrival at the police station Guy was strip-searched and incarcerated in a pitch black cell, isolated for approximately three hours before he was allowed to make his statement.

7. Guy remained in custody for approximately six hours in total at which point no charges were filed and he was released.

This is the track and video they made in response to the violent and racist acts of the security forces in Sweden, incorporating actual video from the night in question, and brilliantly flipping Lupe Fiasco’s “Kick Push” to serve a whole other purpose.

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