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Looking at the radical core of anti-Olympic protests

Police admit they don’t know much about the “Black Bloc”


 

The masked protesters who smashed store windows during an anti-Olympic protests in Vancouver call themselves the “Black Bloc,” but they have no clear structure and or identified leaders. “What we know is what we pulled up on the Internet,” admitted a spokesperson with the RCMP-led Olympic Integrated Security Unit. Black Bloc members have been part of protests in Europe and the U.S. for years. In Vancouver, they targeted HBC’s downtown store displaying official Olympic merchandise. They have a tense relationship with other demonstrators: a U.S. anarchist in Vancouver blogged that the Black Bloc was getting heckled by bystanders. David Eby, executive director of the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, said he was “sickened” by images of Black Bloc members smashing windows and tossing newspaper boxes into the streets.

Canadian Press


 
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Looking at the radical core of anti-Olympic protests

  1. they're a little misguided, people should really be rallying against socialism and communism …it's the people in the eastern block, china, cuba and left wing sout americans who are suffering …here we are free and affluent, although taxed and governed far too much

  2. someone hasn't heard the term state-capitalism before.

  3. The Black Bloc are a blight on society and democracy. Supposedly believing thay violent overthrow is the only way to make a better society, none of them have the balls to go out and smash things unless they're surrounded by peaceful protestors that they hope to draw into their violence.

    Personally, I tend to think if they believe violence is the answer, they should have absolutely no complaints should protestors decide to get violent with them the moment they show up.

    • and thats exactly what these scum want..fighting in the streets,,police get involved,,massive riot….How about the police round them all up, charge them with say….instigating a riot..then sentence them to 30 days to be spent cleaning up ''during'',,(not after ) during the Olympic Games..if they don`t comply ship them off to Matsqui Institution and let them play'' House'' with some of the boys out there..see how tough they really are….lol…..

  4. we already have a system rooted in rage… we don't need another one. Grown-ups would rather be dead, rather their children be dead, than act as if rage solves problems. Yes, the Crown and the Hudson's Bay Company are guilty of horrors that help condemn the whole world to a state of eternal retarded slavery- it will only be remedied when people would rather starve than depend on them for survival.

  5. grown-ups would rather starve than rage. grown-ups would rather every unspeakable horror happen to everyone they love than rage.

  6. I'm starting to think that my absent posts are not because of technical difficulties… grown-ups would rather starve than rage. grown-ups would rather every unspeakable horror happen to everyone they love than rage. Patience be with us all— all the people who would attempt to justify otherwise, who're conditioned not to give due consideration to the impossibility of evil and the absurdity of hate. Patience be with us all.

  7. If they're so bloody sincere about their revolutionary beliefs, what's with the facial coverings? They should have the balls to show themselves if they're truly going to fight the man. Brats. Gimme a break.

    • Because, Derek, they want no recognition as individuals but, rather, as a part of a tactic in which anyone can take part, because anonimity is a virtue in something of this nature, because it's a display of solidarity and mindset, and because beeing seen as "having balls" by people like yourself (as though, whether you agree with it or not, "to fight the man" masked or otherwise doesn't take a fair degree of courage) is less important than staying out of jail.

      Their bloody sincerity is adaquately displayed by the fact that they're -doing something-. Y'know, other than just walking with a sign.

      (A)

      • So.. nothing's stopping them from doing this AWAY from peaceful protests. Hell, it might actually make more of a point if a riot sprang up from literally nowhere, then amongst a bunch of peaceful folk who are trying to work on the edges of the system to improve it, rather than smash it entirely.

  8. Given that they have a randomly organized internaitonal presence – they appear to engage in violent behavior – they’re masked – and nobody knows much, if anything about them, then let’s cut through the silliness. Obviusly, they’re provocateurs. Did you really think over 15,000 law enforcement and military will just suck up 2 billion dollars without making some effort to justify their inflated expense?

  9. when i watched the protest i was more worried about the cops randomly smacking people …i caught a video of one police officer shoving somebody and in the facus another copy hits a young girl ..to serve and protect indeed

  10. Black bloc is a tactic, not an organization. It's based on decentralized affinity groups – it's headless. This article implies that one becomes a member of 'the Black Bloc.' No such thing exists. Anyone can don the anonymity of black clothing. "'What we know is what we pulled up on the Internet,” admitted a spokesperson with the RCMP-led Olympic Integrated Security Unit." Sounds like Macleans did the same thing. Black bloc tactics have been used at protests since the '80s, including the WTO riots and recent Pittsburgh riots. If the RCMP truly has no idea what a block bloc is, then why are we spending $1b to fund them?

    • Sounds like you have more info than the police, how about sharing your knowledge with them and get them off the streets, Its only going to be a matter of time and one of these ''Punks" is going to Pee/off the wrong Person and they will use them for sidewalk Chalk.. I think the police have been very tolerant..

  11. grown-ups would rather starve than rage. grown-ups would rather every unspeakable horror happen to everyone they love than rage. Patience be with us all— all the people who would attempt to justify otherwise, who're conditioned not to give due consideration to the impossibility of evil and the absurdity of hate. Patience be with us all.

  12. Black Bloc? can't be affiliated with the Bloc Quebecois, they are all white non?

  13. I wonder what a public opinion poll about the window smashing would reveal. Anarchists and sympathizers like to downplay the act with the slogan "vandalism isn't violence," as if that somehow makes it morally right. But of course it isn't right. It's wrong. I wager that anyone not immersed in anarchist sloganeering and group think can see that. In the eyes of the public, that act has tainted an otherwise worthy gesture. Let's all wash our hands of the Black Bloc and their pretentions.

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