The Black Bloc is Our Friend

From Violent Anarchists

Across the world, pacifiers and recuperators, whether these are pacifists, NGOs, politicians, Stalinists, conspiracy hacks, or journalists, are spreading the rumor that the Black Bloc in particular is a police tool, or that masked rioters in general are police provocateurs. Pacifists have lost the debate over a diversity of tactics, and now they are resorting to smears and bad-jacketing.

Because this rumor is spread primarily over the internet, we have made a new website that compiles examples of false accusations, of the mainstream media spreading such accusations, of promoters of this accusation who work for the State, and examples throughout history of people masking up to fight back.

For this website to work, we need everyone's help! Spread the word. Share it over Occupy listserves. Link to it in every news comments section, every conspiracy theory blog, everywhere this accusation is being spread.

From the website's introduction:

Is the Black Bloc a police tool?

From the Arab Spring to the student protests in Montreal to the Plaza occupation movement in Spain to the Occupy movement in the US, people are giving up on pacifism.

Now that more people are participating in protests and social movements and seeing for their own eyes that nonviolence doesn’t work, that sitting down and raising your hands doesn’t change anything, and that there’s no dignity in letting yourself get beaten by cops, those who want to hold us down have come up with a new lie to keep us from getting stronger.

The lie is this: that the Black Bloc is full of police infiltrators, even led by cops, and that those who mask up and riot in the streets are state agents, “provocateurs.”

If people give up on pacifism, what’s the next best option, from the perspective of the government?

If they’re going to be doing illegal things in the streets, at least they should be unmasked, so they can all be arrested later on the basis of photos and video evidence. They should be suspicious and distrustful of their fellow protestors, especially those who fight back the hardest. And they should be divided from those who have more experience defending themselves from the cops and taking over the streets.

In the last few years, there have been more and more rumors and false accusations that the Black Bloc, or masked anarchists in general, are police provocateurs. These rumors have been spread by Hollywood and the mainstream media, they have gotten fellow protestors arrested, they leave us defenseless when we decide to take the streets, and they ignore a history of struggle in which people have commonly masked up to protect themselves.

It’s sad that people have become so pacified and confused that they think fighting back against the system makes the system stronger. Nowadays, people can only think of themselves as victims. Anything more than sitting down in front of a cop to get beaten strikes people as a provocation.

But the fact is, the powerful want us to remain peaceful. They don’t need excuses to repress us, they are perfectly capable of inventing excuses or attacking us without any excuse. What was Columbus’ excuse for invading the Americas and starting centuries of genocide? What was the excuse of European merchants for kidnapping hundreds of thousands of Africans as slaves? What was the US government’s excuse for invading Iraq?

By fighting back, we don’t make the system stronger, we make ourselves stronger. The countries with the most peaceful populations (in terms of social movements, riots, and the like) tend to have the strongest systems of social control, the most video surveillance, the most government powers for spying on the population. Look at the UK or the Netherlands. People in those countries are tracked in their every movement from the moment they step out of their house. And in the last twenty years, with few exceptions, those populations have been very peaceful. The greatest advances in police powers and government surveillance did not occur in response to riots and uprisings—they occurred in years when those populations were pacified.

Governments that have to fear their populations are much more cautious about granting themselves new powers or increasing their security measures. In contrast to the UK, people in Greece have been throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at banks and cops for decades, and they have never let their government get strong enough to regulate their powers of protest or implement effective spying and repression.

If governments really wanted us to mask up and riot, why do they dissuade us from doing it? Property destruction is punished more heavily than civil disobedience, sometimes even with anti-terrorist laws, and masking up is illegal in dozens of countries and many parts of the US.

The purpose of this website is to counteract the manipulation and stop the pacifist ideologues who are working with the cops to get people arrested.

We’re facing serious problems as a society. While more and more of us are coming out into the streets to fight back, we need to learn how to sharpen our struggle, to take back our streets and our cities, and to defend ourselves.

If you like what this website has to say, please spread it among your friends and post the link every time some conspiracy theorist, journalist, blogger, NGO activist, or cop tries to tell you that our friends in masks are working for the system.

Please help. This website has been put together by just a few people who personally participate in the struggle for a better world. We took time off from our jobs, our responsibilities, and our other projects to counter the lie that is being spread about those who fight back. The information in this website comes from our own research, our personal participation in some of the movements and struggles mentioned, our witnessing firsthand the use of this lie, and correspondence with people who have taken part in other struggles around the world. The pacifists, journalists, NGOs, and conspiracy nuts who are spreading these false accusations have way more resources than we do. We don’t want your donations and we don’t want followers like they do, we just want the truth to get out and our struggles to get stronger. Please spread the word and pass this website along to anyone who has been fooled.

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Comments

goddammit shut the fuck up about black blocs. it doesnt have to be a police tool to be a terrible tactic (in most situations). The only reason to defend the black bloc outright is for the sake of some sort of fetish for being arrested.

Whatever. Many of us have had different experiences than you. Sorry to hear if you got arrested, but you shouldn't blame the tactic for that.

Sorry kids, the black blockheads (or caucasian pink people) were instrumental in protecting the African American community in Cincinnati and helping them to defend against outright lynching on the part of Cincy cops. They helped to reclaim neighborhoods from police occupation and took the fightback all the way to the front door of the cop shop where dumpsters were set alight and surrounding streets "blocked".

Doubt any of the sanctimonious munchkins much have nads to perp any such even close on your local donut addicted "authorities". So you can put your attitudes analysis and back up your asses along with y'all's heads. G'day

Back in 2000 when y'all were still in diapers

that all changed after 9/11

the only thing that changed is a few nads dropped off...

If you spent any time looking at the website, you would realize that 1) It is international and 2) It deals with combative protest and masking up in general.
Internationally, even in N. America, there are many places where Black Blocs are still effective.
Combative protest and masking up are not a tactic, they are an almost timeless element of social struggles. Unless you think with Twitter we don't need that any more?

With the abundance of things to read on the internet, please, think twice and breathe deep before posting, lest you add to the mindless bullshit that already clogs our channels of communication.

Amen, au contrair - and go Black bloc!

If you're interested in this, you should really check out the website http://violentanarchists.wordpress.com/.

Right-Wing Conservative conspiracy theory website for people who loves politician types like Ron Paul, Hitler, Stalin, Alex Jones, Dennis Kucinich, David Icke and other paranoid schizo-capitalists.

Why be opposed to the State and/or Capitalism when you can be obsessed with whether or not the Reptilian Illuminati did the 9/11 job ?

my friends are strategic.

You are all mentally ill. thanks, Joshua.

It's weird because you'd think we weren't 'reading the same books" - but we are, actually. I'm just not reading them like a fascist (IDF, et al).

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Capitalism_and_Schizophrenia

http://people.duke.edu/~hardt/Deleuze&Guattari.html

This is my last communication with any of you.

draw that line of flight, draw the hell out of it

i'll do as i please.

Oh Deleuze and Guattari ASCII art, why don't you already exist?

Violence has never and will never bring peace. If you want to revolutionize then do so by being nonviolently active; more followers will bring power to the cause and you catch more flies with honey than vinegar.

and then jesuzilla will open the cracks of reality and create enough space for all of us to live peacefully and equally without having to worry about population control or anything at all because nonviolence ALWAYS MAKES THE MOST SENSE and we'll just love each other and there you go, problem solved.

that all changed after Seattle

More followers.

no one does passive-aggressive violence like the state, you horrible piece of shit.

While I am waiting for more well-entertained followers to look up from their ipads, facepalms, mcburgers and sports games, I should stop to remember that a raving lunatic called Tacitus once said "To ravage, to slaughter, to usurp under false titles... they make a desert, they call it peace." He was talking about a bunch of raging bloodthirsty barbarians called the Romans upon which the totality of Western culture is based; but he might as well have been talking about the over-privileged perch from whence the above prattle springs. "Peace is not the opposite of violence. Peace is the place encircled by violence."

amen, again. let the pacifists dig their own damn graves, the rest of us are done following that crap, if we ever did. as is most of the rest of the world, if arab spring, greece, canadian student strikes, austerity struggle, and even large swaths of occupy have anything to say about.

feeling lonely pacifist? wondering why more and more people are fighting back, and less and less peaceful lockdowns are happening? Is your model of gradual moralsuasion and religiously tinged guilttripping letting you down? feel free to take off your shirt, put the neck hole over your eyes, tie the sleeves around the back of your head, and join us, whenever you like.

Here's to the future, brightened by the fires that define it. I didn't ask for so many reasons to be so angry, I'm just paying attention to a very fucked up set of circumstances so many take for granted.

*clink clink clink* Warriors ... come out to play-yay!

omgomgomg, i almost died from laughter. The pacifists who commented on here CLEARLY didn't read the whole article (as they usually don't) b/c if they did they'd realise everything they said was outlined in the text. HAHAHA, Get the fuck out pacifists. YOU ARE THE PROBLEM!!!!! CAN'T YOU SEE THAT???????

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