Anti-Flag Gets Belgian Crowd to Chant "Hands Up; Don't Shoot" During Concert

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Screenshot from the video.
Anti-Flag in Belgium.
Politically charged Pittsburgh punk band Anti-Flag performed in Belgium at Pukkelpop 2014 this past weekend, taking the opportunity to address the unrest in Ferguson surrounding the shooting of eighteen-year-old Mike Brown by a police officer on August 9. Clad in T-shirts that read "Hands up; don't shoot," the most popular rallying cry to come out of the protests surrounding the case, the band stressed the need for justice in the case and decried violence at the hands of the police, adding that "we the people" must be the watchdogs.

See also: Our full coverage on Mike Brown's case and the unrest in Ferguson

"Friends, Michael Brown is dead," said guitarist and frontman Justin Sane. "But we demand justice in his name tonight. And tonight, we say to the police of Ferguson: Shame on you. And the whole world is watching."

"Now together, say with us," he continued. "Hands up; don't shoot!"

The crowd in Belgium complied, with hundreds in attendance chanting the slogan along with the band before it launched into its song "Fuck Police Brutality," from 1996's Die for the Government.

Since then the band has released a new version of its song "Police Story," updated and renamed after the slogan. All proceeds from its sale will go to the Brown family "to aid his family in their fight for justice in his name."

Watch the video, hear the new song and read a full transcript of remarks below:

Brothers and sisters, everyone doing OK out there? You may have noticed that tonight we are wearing these shirts. "Hands up; don't shoot."

We're wearing these shirts tonight because one week ago, in Ferguson, Missouri, police shot and killed an unarmed African American youth by the name of Michael Brown. Because, as citizens of not just one country, but of this planet, it's up to us to fight for justice and be the watchdog of the police whenever they step over the line of what they're sworn to do: uphold the law.

Friends, Michael Brown is dead, but we demand justice in his name tonight. And tonight, we say to the police of Ferguson: Shame on you. And the whole world is watching.

Now together, say with us: Hands up; don't shoot! [Chanting]

Fuck police brutality!



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67 comments
Alan Franklin
Alan Franklin

You can show concrete proof this kid did everything he's being accused of and most of theses idiots would say it was fake same people that cry racism for everything that goes wrong in their life if you break the law white or black expect to see the police end of story

Ben Mansfield
Ben Mansfield

Be even better if they could get the suspects to say this as well....

Nathaniel Clower
Nathaniel Clower

Um just like we dont care about all the civil injustices happening daily overseas? STFU Riverfront Times

Andrew Stephens
Andrew Stephens

This band is horrible! Spreading more false information globally now.

Toya Liner
Toya Liner

Hands in the air while a firearm is pointed at you is universal for "hands up don't shoot"....so yes, he did. His audible words were probably drowned out by the officer's adrenaline.

Lynn Croxton
Lynn Croxton

I had Brussels sprouts last night. I'd have kept my hands down because we still don't know if Brown was shot unjustly or suffered the consequences of assaulting an officer of the law.

Norm Fogt
Norm Fogt

Hey Belgians, way to crush that Nazi party uprising in the late 30's. Great track record to criticize others.

Shane Feltes
Shane Feltes

Maybe they should wait until all of the facts are out first???

Robert G Andrews
Robert G Andrews

If Michael Brown would have stayed home instead of doing illegal things, he wouldn't have been in a situation where the police had to stop him. He could have surrendered to the police, and they wouldn't have drawn their weapons.

David Hays
David Hays

Another know nothing celeb that I've never heard of. Thanks for sharing.

Matthew Heckman
Matthew Heckman

Too bad the dude doesn't watch the news or pay attention at all...

Brian Boyd
Brian Boyd

Jen, if you seen one of these thugs you would be the first person to check your purse or walk across the street. Hypocrite

Jen Cline
Jen Cline

Phew! I was really hoping someone was going to offer fashion advice to those men down in Ferguson! This would really help all of our social issues. I'm glad you figured it out, Brian. You're all a bunch of racist fucks. Go ahead and have a view, but at least be intelligent about it.

Gary Berry
Gary Berry

No there are no threats just questions and opinions. lol ... but they do sound pretty good....

Marlin Rogers
Marlin Rogers

Let's not wait for the facts. What douche bag

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

Lol did you threaten Justine on a public forum?

Tony Bologna
Tony Bologna

"OMG being liberal is supporting mike brown? Better start protesting!!!"

Kelli Mayahi
Kelli Mayahi

Can we get a tally on how Africa American people have apps pending at the police station please? Thanks

Curt Hardin
Curt Hardin

No one knows we exist. Let's talk about shit we don't know so people remember we are alive.

Wayne Light
Wayne Light

Who are these douche bags? Never mind. I don't really give a shit.

Jeff Craig
Jeff Craig

Those Belgians and that band do not know the reality of the situation.

Gary Berry
Gary Berry

Justine Sane we are all watching you. Keep your nose out of business you know nothing about. Bring peace not advocate harsh feelings between the population and the police. The police are trying to do their jobs and they face life and death situations every day.

Tim Dotson
Tim Dotson

I HATE anti flag... Just terrible ...

Jimmie Thomptson
Jimmie Thomptson

aren't they a little old for this? probably just acting out & trying to figure how to grow up.........

Gina Evans
Gina Evans

Facts say differently! Think people get off on saying fuck the police. Everyone does shameful things, cops can too, but for the most part they protect.

Harry Ford
Harry Ford

Like this douchebag has a clue what happened. I hope he gets his equipment looted .

Tone Tone Provolone
Tone Tone Provolone

The first time I heard Anti-Flag was Warped Tour in 2002, where this dude said something about being friends with Osama Bin Laden and then started screaming, "YA GOTTA DIE, GOTTA DIE, GOTTA DIE FOR YOUR GOVERNMENT." Glad to see he hasn't changed much.

Gary Berry
Gary Berry

Were you here? Did you know all the facts? Do you think all police are wrong? If so go live in another country.

Austin Stephan
Austin Stephan

They just did this to add "credibility" to their "image"

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