[Marxism] Fwd: Many Arrested Inauguration Day Protesters Will Face Felony Rioting Charges, Prosecutors Say « CBS Dallas / Fort Worth

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Mon Jan 23 13:57:23 MST 2017

On 1/23/17 3:28 PM, Jeff via Marxism wrote:
> On 2017-01-22 21:34, Louis Proyect via Marxism wrote:
>> Black bloc tactics now have very high risks for the perpetually low
>> payoff.
> I think Louis' remark introducing an article about mass arrests was
> unfair (in that context) and wasn't very well thought-out. Although some
> property damage took place in Washington, I doubt that the police
> actually have evidence of such actions by most of the 230 they arrested,
> or that anywhere near that number were directly responsible whether the
> police had evidence on them or not.

Actually, the idiot Natasha Lennard crowed about property damage in a 
Nation Magazine article titled " Neo-Nazi Richard Spencer Got 
Punched—You Can Thank the Black Bloc":

The “anti-capitalist, anti-fascist bloc,” Friday’s black-bloc march, was 
just one among a number of direct actions called by organizers of the 
Disrupt J20 Inauguration Day protests. Unlike Saturday’s vast Women’s 
March, Disrupt J20 aimed to directly impede, delay, and confront the 
inaugural proceedings. This message was delivered with human blockades, 
smashed corporate windows, trash-can fires, a burning limousine, “Make 
America Great Again” caps reduced to ashes, and a blow for Richard 
Spencer. The police responded with fountains of pepper spray, flash-bang 
grenades, and the mass arrest of over 200 people, most of whom now face 
felony riot charges. Along with the Women’s March’s joyful scenes of 
togetherness, the disruptions of J20 should be celebrated as an opening 
salvo of resistance in the era of Trump.

The black bloc I joined met at Logan Circle, some two miles north of the 
inauguration parade route. We peered through bandanas to find friends. 
We gathered in bloc formation behind wood-enforced banners, filled the 
street, and began to march. The bloc takes care to stay together, move 
together, and blend together. Within minutes, bottle rockets were 
shooting skyward and bricks were flying through bank windows. You don’t 
know who does what in a bloc, you don’t look to find out. If bodies run 
out of formation to take a rock to a Starbucks window, they melt back to 
the bloc in as many seconds. Bodies reconciled, kinetic beauty. If that 
sounds to you like a precondition for mob violence, you’re right. But 
this is only a problem if you think there are no righteous mobs, or that 
windows feel pain, or that counter-violence (like punching Richard 
Spencer) is never valid.

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