If not "black bloc," then what?
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Sun Sep 9 16:07:33 MDT 2001
Good question. At last April's demonstration in D.C against the IMF/World
Bank which I attended, along with the Black Bloc actions there were affinity
groups who were sitting-in or milling-around to try to block the access of
the diplomats and officials to the meetings and to shut the mother fucker
down. There was no "wall" like we've seen now in Quebec and in Genoa, but
they had erected something similar on a smaller scale using portable crowd
control fences and lines of uniformed police. In any case, there need to be
some place or places for those attending the meetings to come through the
barriers. These are the vulnerable points where actions can have an impact,
short of breaching the wall altogether. People tried, but there weren't
enough people last time to plug all of these possible holes and they got in.
Maybe it can be done this time. But there is a Metro (subway) station, I
think, located inside the perimeter. So that would have to be dealt with,
Of course, I didn't think the Black Bloc actions were so bad. In D.C. they
constituted a sort of flying squadron (sort of a la the United Auto Workers
in the 1930s when they went around shutting down factories) going from point
to point on the perimeter providing reinforcements for the more peaceful
direct actionists, diverting cops, etc. The "violence" was minimal, coming
mainly from the cops. Same at Quebec, where I was also present.
----- Original Message -----
From: "marco rodrigues" <machetero_ngola at disinfo.net>
To: <marxism at lists.panix.com>
Sent: Sunday, September 09, 2001 9:57 AM
Subject: If not "black bloc," then what?
> As we all know there is going to be a mobilization against the IMF/WB at
the end of this month in Washington, D.C. Already GW University has
announced that they will be kicking out thousands of students and shutting
down their campus. Another "wall of shame" is being erected, and rumors are
circulating about a possible deployment of ROTC students.
> Given the recent criticism leveled against so-called black bloc and
"violent" protest methods, some of which I agree with, some of which I
don't, what are the other options that could be pursued by people who want
to go down to D.C. and voice their discontent? Hold hands and march in a
line while singing songs about peace?
> What direct actions can people take part in that would be constructive,
purposeful, and possibly even educational, rather than the two "extremes" of
the typical black bloc tactics on one hand and walking around with some
signs and then going home on the other hand.
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