A process of ongoing high-level cooperation between European governments following the G20 in Hamburg this time last year has led to the creation of a “black bloc task force,” as well as what appears to be a Europe-wide digital database of so-called “left wing extremists” based on a dubious and toxic ideological framework, according to a series of articles, activist commentary, and government documents.
I was asked to write a piece for the Swedish anarchist magazine Brand about the resistance against the Nazi march in Gothenburg 30/9. The subject of the issue was joy and militancy, here you go!
An analysis of this years May Day demo in Olympia, Washington.
With the No G20 protests in Hamburg coming closer and closer we republish “Has The Black Bloc Tactic Reached The End Of It’s Usefulness?” by Severino from 2002. Although this essay is 15 years old, its still interesting.
Image: Black bloc during a demo for the Hafenstraße in the 1980’s in Hamburg, Germany.
We re-publish a text from 2001 (first published in 2002) by David van Deusen of the Green Mountain Anarchist Collective.
We re-publish a letter (and the reactions on the letter) about the clashes during the NATO summit in Strasbourg in 2009: Correspondences about revolutionary strategy and emotions by a few “rioters”.
Image: The riots during the NATO summit in April 2009 in Strasbourg, France.
A Communiqué on Tactics and Organization to the Black Bloc, from within the Black Bloc by Anti-Racist Action & The Green Mountain Anarchist Collective.
The University of California at Berkeley probably will not be the last American college to experience mayhem at the hands of “black bloc” militants.
In the weeks since President Trump took office, such activists have mounted destructive protests not just on Berkeley’s campus but in the streets of Portland, Ore., and Washington D.C. Although the target of their Berkeley action, the right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, has been sidelined as a result of controversy over his remarks about pederasty, other similarly incendiary “alt-right” leaders, such as the white supremacist Richard B. Spencer, remain on the college speaking circuit.
The “black bloc” label, attached to those who broke windows and set fires at Berkeley, refers not to a specific organization but to a specific tactic that involves wearing black clothing to blend in with other activists, shielding one’s identity behind bandannas or masks, and causing disruption to get a point across.
Lacy MacAuley, a member of the D.C. Antifascist Coalition, has been a public face for such militants. In January, for example, she was a spokeswoman for DisruptJ20, the group that organized Inauguration Day protests, without permits, at which black-bloc activist destroyed property in downtown Washington and skirmished with the police. On a national level, she has provided media representation for anarchist and leftist activists for about 12 years.
In February, The Chronicle asked Ms. MacAuley about this month’s chaos at Berkeley and the likelihood that other campuses will see similar activity. Following is an edited and condensed transcript of that interview.
Network for Police Monitoring (Netpol) co-ordinator Kevin Blowe explains why the organisation encourages activists to mask up.
Image: EZLN supporters in Chiapas, Mexico
An article by MSM DCist. Note that the number of arrests was far higher at the end of the day as the 90 people that were arrested at the moment the article was written. We would also like to advice you to read How Nonviolence Protects the State, a book written by Peter Gelderloos. The book isn’t especially about the blacl bloc tactic but is a must read about nonviolence.
Police have arrested more than 90 people so far today in D.C., many of them masked, black-clad hooligans who videos show swarming the streets carrying anarchist flags and smashing bank and Starbucks windows. They also may be responsible for setting a limousine on fire.