Anarchists' game plan for Tampa RNC unclear

  • Posted on: 19 June 2012
  • By: worker

<table><tr><td>From <a href=" Bay Online</a> - by Keith Morelli

<p>Interspersed among the 15,000 protesters expected at the Republican National Convention in August will be the anarchists.</p>

<p>It's a contingent that strikes fear and loathing in the hearts of police, Republican organizers and delegates, and, perhaps, even fellow protesters.</p>

<p>Police are expecting the worst, based on actions at past conventions and summits and some postings on anarchist websites.</p></td><td><img title="OMG the @n@rkY is coming to town!" src=""></td></tr...

<p>One member of the Tampa Bay Action Group, a loose connection of anarchists in the area, posted this:</p>

<p>"I'm tired of the right-wing fat cats who live in cookie-cutter suburban homes and work as advertising reps in mind-numbing cubicles calling themselves tea party protesters," wrote Clinton Tyree, which is not his real name, but one from a character in a series of Carl Hiaasen novels. "The (original) tea party was all about destroying the commodities of the imperialists in order to overthrow the imperialists. These idiots are the ruling class. We are gonna take back the legacy from these whimpering bourgeois racists and make property destruction sexy again."</p>

<p>Just what are the chances of widespread violence sparked by the few anarchists? It could be anybody's guess. The group doesn't have a public relations machine and anarchists generally don't make public statements.</p>

<p>The term anarchist means different things to different people, but many define them as disenfranchised people with a deep resentment of authority. They resort to violence against police and vandalize property belonging to the establishment.</p>

<p>The movement is a little more complicated than that, said Bob Black, who is an anarchist, author and longtime chronicler of the movement living in Albany, N.Y.</p>

<p>Black said he personally knows of no fellow anarchists who are going to the RNC in Tampa.</p>

<p>Anarchists have splintered over the past 50 years, he said. There are anarchists on both sides of the political spectrum. Both are intent on dismantling the existing government, but for different reasons, he said.</p>

<p>One side wants to see the end of government regulation for business financial institutions and the abolishment of social welfare programs. The other wants the military industrial complex disbanded, along with the taxing system.</p>

<p>"Almost all anarchists, however, believe that the American electoral system is, even as representative democracies go &hellip; about as irrational and even undemocratic as such a supposed democracy can get," he said. "We all loathe the show that the Republicans will put on in Tampa."</p>

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<p><strong>Most anarchists don't </strong>advocate violence, he said, but they do push for the removal of the existing state in favor of whatever comes next, providing there are fewer restrictions on human relationships and behavior.</p>

<p>The movement is on a gradual upswing since bottoming out in the early 1960s, he said.</p>

<p>"Anarchism isn't just growing," he said. "It is growing rapidly. I expect that this will continue. Your world might be in more danger than you think."</p>

<p>Could Black be right? Here's a sample of events where anarchist-spawned violence broke out:</p>


<li>Chicago, the site of the NATO summit last month, saw protesters clashing with police, ending with the arrests of about 45 protesters. At least four officers were injured on one day when protesters refused to leave, causing a standoff with riot-geared police.</li>



<li>New York City had a scrum in April with a group of about 150, some of whom were attending a nearby anarchist event, news reports said. A Starbucks window was busted by the mob, which chanted "cops are murderers." Garbage cans were toppled and anarchist symbols were spray-painted on the sides of buildings.</li>



<li>Minneapolis/St. Paul, the host city for the RNC four years ago, ended up tossing about 800 protesters in jail over the week-long event, including eight supposed anarchists who were charged with conspiracy to riot in furtherance of terrorism. Some, police say, were assembling Molotov cocktails and other explosive devices.</li>



<li>Miami was the venue for the Free Trade Area of the Americas meeting in 2003. Tens of thousands of demonstrators, many of whom were identified as anarchists, showed up. More than 100 protesters were treated for injuries, 12 were hospitalized and about 250 were arrested.</li>



<li>Seattle, the city that hosted the G7 Summit in 1999, was the scene of widespread protesting. An estimated 40,000 showed up to demonstrate against the global economic summit. Many were anarchists from Northwest states.</li>


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<p><strong>Tampa likely will be </strong><strong>the </strong>next target in August, when hundreds of Republican delegates come to town to name the GOP's presidential nominee. Protesters will be here, and the call for anarchists already has gone out.</p>

<p>The online issued this post from the Tampa Bay Action Group two years ago &mdash; right after Tampa was pickedto host the RNC.</p>

<p>"The Tampa Bay Action Group (TBAG), a decentralized collective of anarchists strewn throughout the urban and swampy reaches of Florida, is committed to making 2012 and the RNC in Tampa a truly catastrophic celebration of liberty and joy.</p>

<p>"The theater of capitalist disaster will rear its head in the divided apartheid communities of Tampa, where wealth touts itself as master of the land, as the Mayan calendar comes to the end of a cycle. While TBAG does not adhere to prophesy, the hint of collapse (and renewal) is a promising dream."</p>

<p>Local protesters say they aren't the ones who will cause violence.</p>

<p>"We, from the Coalition to March on the RNC, do not think that violence stems from protesters," said Jared Hamil, a local protest organizer in an email. "Nor are we worried about anarchists during the protest, because they'll be marching with us."</p>

<p>The violence, he said, starts with heavy-handed police tactics.</p>

<p>"The only violence we've seen (in previous large scale protests) is what had been done by the police and state," he said. "At the protest against NATO in Chicago last month, we marched alongside many anarchists and had no problems whatsoever."</p>

<p>He said violence erupted when police came armed with batons and in riot gear.</p>

<p>"They started shoving protesters and pushed many to the ground," Hamil said.</p>

<p>Tampa will put on the street more than 4,000 police officers from its own force and from agencies across the state. They're hoping for peace but preparing for war.</p>

<p>"The large majority are law-abiding protesters who are coming just to be part of the political process; for their voice to be heard," said Tampa police spokeswoman Laura McElroy. "A small percentage is trouble-makers."</p>

<p>She said officers have developed a security plan and even attended the NATO conference in Chicago in May to observe how violent protests were handled.</p>

<p>"We are preparing any way possible," she said. "We can't talk about the particulars. We are building a comprehensive security plan.</p>

<p>"Anarchy is a tactic, versus a group," she said. "It is used by different groups. Typically, they are loosely organized and misguided individuals who break the law and disrupt the event."</p>


I can't help but laugh at this shit. I mean, come on, out of anything, what pic do they use for the article? A fucking random circle A in Athens. I know I should be pissed that we're being demonized again, but this whole thing is pretty fucking funny.

Is this a quote from the real bob black?

This article is hilarious. The random circle a in athens....where did they even go to find that??

The random list that shows no correlation.

Pure brilliance, I think we are being trolled.

Whoever wrote this might be as dumb as a cop.

or a dumb cop

RNC, DNC...why bother?

<3 NC

Why have we ever bothered?

The excitement and energy created by the spectacle of mass militant street resistance? The state has assured the cost of this type of activity is high ('08 RNC), but then again there's the decentralized version of mass disruptive action that worked in pittsburgh in 2010, leading to a huge morale boost for anarchists in the US and comparatively little repression. But the state always learns from their losses and entrapping dumb people on the periphery of the milieu seems to be their new tactic.

I'm not going because but I don't think others shouldn't. I personally think that we should build on our gains this past year and sit this one out. But maybe the conventions could further those gains, although that seems unlikely. The state is preparing for war.

And then there is the fun of ruining their party and spreading paranoia amongst the ruling class but I think that our existence alone does that at this point.

<3 another NC

Tinley Park! Tinley Park! Google it! Thats good football!

Any anarchists who show up there will be vastly outnumbered by the supporters of Ron Paul. Anarchists tend not to carry guns or be part of the "gun culture", whereas probably 90% of Ron Paul supporters are part of this culture. Any credible threat to the RNC is probably coming from that camp, not the anarchists, especially if the RP supporters (and especially delegates) get forcibly excluded from the Convention. Gassing and beating RP supporters could result in real violence, not the play-acting of the BB.

FBI trollbot

"Alright, how do we figure out if they got guns?"

"Well, we could send some folks online to talk about how they ain't got no guns..."

Bobby just got his pay raise.

In my town, I'm actually friends with a lot of the Ron Paul supporters, yes, I fucking disagree heavily with them, but they were sympathetic to us when the cops beat the shit out of our friends at Occupy.
They're mostly gamer nerds, but yes, heavily armed, and at least here, they have our backs.

Riiiight, you have friends.

Bob, u sound like a real downer, i live where u do and im going to the RNC/DNC

Nazi's coming to town:
have the police escort them through the streets.

Anarchists *might* come to town:
Be prepared to take measures against them organizing.

America in a nutshell.

this is a dumb comment, because the nazis always file permits and make a big deal out of cooperating with the city to get police escort.

if anarchists were as pathetic as the neo-nazis are, we could probably get a friendly police escort too. is that what you want?



Hey! Workers are cops, too!!

Originally from Chicago, in St Louis. Decided to book a flight to Tampa instead of going to the Detroit Occupy the Midwest Conference. Look forward to it, as well, too.

as well and too mean the same thing.

"Anarchy is a tactic, versus a group."

Looks like she read the black bloc memo and her poor little piggy brain got confused. lol

The author of this is a worthless fuck. There's nothing more offensive than a liberal skew. We fuck shit up with our love

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