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1 BARACK THE VOTE  Sun, Jun 27, 2010 10:53:12am

thanks for this. Lots of cool links I'll work through. Favourited!

2 Romantic Heretic  Sun, Jun 27, 2010 1:40:24pm

Really, really pissed at the Black Block people. There aren't many of them, probably less than a hundred, but they've done huge damage to the people protesting peacefully. Which is most of them.

Even worse is that now the police are getting trigger happy. I've heard reports of them firing rubber bullets at the protestors. Also there have been reports of community organizers being arrested. The reasons for the arrests, from what I have gathered is 'just in case'.

The media has played a huge and damaging role in this by concentrating on the Black Block which makes it look like every protestor is there to engage in violence.

I was with some friends downtown (I live in Toronto) last night and we saw one small group of protestors. They were singing 'O Canada'.

I feel the same way about the Black Block that many conservatives feel about The Tea Party. Thanks for making all of us look like wingnuts.

3 Decatur Deb  Sun, Jun 27, 2010 4:59:41pm

re: #2 Romantic Heretic

It sounds like hippie paranoia, but there is at least one case of police (Quebec) mounting their own BB action to draw out "the others". They admit that in one of the link trails. The Italian police at Genoa have been accused of the same thing, but did not confirm it. Note the link info that a large legit demonstration might be contaminated by more than one BB effort by different anarchist groups.
I don't know how many there might be, but I get the sense of small cadres moving from event to event to mobilize local BB teams. I'll try to learn more about funding if I find the need for it.


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