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  N30 Black Bloc Communique
The fl bloc was a loosely organized cluster of affinity groups and individuals who roamed around downtown, pulled this way by a vulnerable and significant storefront and that way by the sight of a police formation.
While the logic of the fl bloc may not make sense to some, it is in any case a pro-active logic.
Of all the groups engaging in direct action, the fl bloc was perhaps the least interested in engaging the authorities and we certainly had no interest in fighting with other anti-WTO activists (despite some rather strong disagreements over tactics).
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  Black - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Black propaganda is the use of known falsehoods, partial truths, or masquerades in propaganda to confuse an opponent.
Black can also be seen as the colour of prestige: for example, limousines are usually in fl, and fl tuxedos are worn at fl tie functions.
Black frequently symbolizes ambiguity, secrecy, and the unknown.
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 Black bloc - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Black clothing and masks are used to make the bloc appear to be one large mass, promote solidarity, create a clear revolutionary presence, (usually associated with anarchy, sometimes also with communism), and also to avoid being identified by authorities, who videotape protest events.
Black blocs are differentiated from other anti-globalist groups by their routine use of vandalism and property destruction to bring attention to their opposition to multi-national corporations and the support perceived to be enjoyed by these companies from Western governments.
Although fl blocking is usually connected with some form of direct action, fl blocs also participate in wholly symbolic action, as well as action that falls entirely within traditional definitions of nonviolence.
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 Black bloc
The tradition of fl blocking grew out of the autonomen[?] movements in Germany in the 1980s; autonomen wore fl during militant action in the process of squat defenses, and during solidarity-demonstrations for the Red Army Faction.
One explanation for the autonomen's clothing choice is that fl was the color of the leather jackets that squatters wore for warmth and to deflect blows from police batons, whereas ski masks were practical ways to filter out tear gas and to protect one's identity.
When Carlo Giuliani a protester wearing a fl ski mask, was shot dead in Genoa, the risks of participating in fl bloc and other riot activity became obvious.
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 UK Indymedia - Black Bloc: the ultimate logo
Black Bloc: according to mainstream press, the term was conceived by the German Police in order to indicate groups of anarchists or punks who targetted banks and business during or at the end of public demonstrations in the Eighties.
The Black Bloc as a political practice is phenomenon born in the United States: the logo appears for the first time a decade ago, during public demonstrations against the Gulf War; then against death penalty and to free African-american journalist Mumia Abu-Jamal.
While the Black Bloc was involved in the attempt of defending Piazza Rossetti (where the peasants had their stands) and avoid the breaking of the rally (which eventually happened) I personally saw a group of "pseudo-Black Blocs" getting to Piazza Kennedy closely followed by a crew of video-operator.
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 FrontPage magazine.com :: Leftwing "Peace" Saboteurs by Greg Yardley
Black blocs began to be used in America in the 1980s, and caught on in popularity after the WTO riots, when protestors took advantage of them to indulge in what one website called "anarchist shopping" - you and I would call it looting.
The presence of fl blocs in today's opposition to the war on Iraq is disturbing, when you consider what their anarchist participants stand for.
While waiting, the fl bloc distributed pamphlets on the nature of the fl bloc, why they were protesting, and tips to protect yourself from police.
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 Articles - Black   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Black is a color with several subtle differences in meaning.
Black is the lack of all colors of light, or an exhaustive combination of multiple colors of pigment.
* Black propaganda is the use of known falsehoods, partial truths, or masquerades in propaganda to confuse an opponent.
www.zdiamond.net /articles/Black   (1672 words)

 Alternative Press Review #12 - Black Block Interview
The third, and most controversial reason, was that of the fl block elevating the protest to a different extreme level.
I am not saying that the fl block was more radical or more politically advanced, but that the key to the success of the protest was the diversity of tactics, interrelating in a number of ways to cause disruption that was not policable.
Where the pacifist lines were weak, the fl block would fill in and create a second line, further away from the police.
www.altpr.org /apr12/blackbloc.html   (2144 words)

 The Black Bloc   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
The group calls itself The "Black Bloc" and in analyzing their strategy, there is no doubt it was a planned event for them, with fairly effectual evasion and escape tactics.
The Black Bloc emerged with violent action at the WTO rally in Seattle in 1999, inspiring others to join their fun.
The Black Bloc, though rather juvenile in their methods, must have the same notion of ire that I felt while studying political science in-depth in the 1980s.
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 black bloc - Anarchopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Ideen om fl bloc(k) består i, at en del af en demonstration eller en demonstration for sig selv, demonstrer klædt helt i sort og maskering.
Black bloc(k) ideen opstod efterhånden som politiet og pressen intensiverede deres overvågning af demonstrationer og aktioner op gennem 80'erne, især i forhold til BZ, hvor man dokumenterede det der foregik via fotografier og videooptagelser.
Ofte er fl bloc(k)'s bestående af en større gruppe mennesker, nogle gange i kæder, og nogle gange med stige-bannere på siden og foran demonstrationen for at undgå at politiet udvælger og anholder enkelte individer fra gruppen.
dan.anarchopedia.org /black_bloc   (312 words)

 The Black Block and anarchism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Being in the Black Bloc just means being willing to break the law, destroy property, or fight with the police to achieve the aims of the protest.
The Black Bloc's willingness to destroy property may be what sets them apart from other protestors, but there is also some division within the block about what this should mean.
If the Black Blocs continue at summit protests, will it be because people have weighed up their pros and cons and decided they are the most effective tactic, or because people like to dress up in gas masks and bandanas?
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 FT.com - Special Reports / Counter-capitalism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Those who count themselves in the Black Bloc, which, strictly speaking is a tactic rather than an organised group, argue that direct confrontation is necessary to fight a deaf system.
In interviews with people who count themselves as part of the Black Bloc, the rock-throwing, car-burning and window-smashing protesters who were such a feature of the Genoa protests say that the violence acts as a megaphone for their message.
One Black Bloc activist in Canada, contacted for this article, said she hoped this signalled that direct engagement was gathering supporters.
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 portland imc - 2003.07.30 - Black Bloc Call to Action August 20-22
Black Bloc Call to Action Bush is coming to town We're going to stop him as a figurehead of the governments that we oppose.
What is being forgotten here is that the fl bloc is a tactic...we all go about using tactics daily and they differ within each situation and person...some may play a part in civil disobediance and that is there choice.
And I conclude that the Black Bloc crowd USES peaceful, restrained and civilized people who are exercising their 1st amendment rights and right to assemble to FUEL your anger and to USE gratuitously as COVER for uncivilized behavior.
portland.indymedia.org /en/2003/07/269017.shtml   (7433 words)

 SF Black Bloc Speaks Out
For the record, the bloc isn't a group or an organization, it's a tactic — one that dates back to the 1980s, when Molotov-hurling German autonomen (a loose network of leftist radicals) decided to don motorcycle helmets and dark clothes when battling the polizei.
The Black Bloc participants I interviewed pledged to cause heavy damage the minute American ordnance begins raining down on Iraq.
Black Bloc is about taking anger and directing it toward an enemy, a rational target.
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 Black Bloc   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
From Seattle WTO to the most recent action in Genoa, the Black Bloc has certainly been the main focus by the media and the police in major demonstrations.
The Black Bloc is a tactic that has been used in demonstrations for years.
For instance, if a Black Bloc participant throws a brick at a store window and runs into the Bloc, she will easily blend in with everyone else.
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 Black Bloc Communiqué (Do or Die)
What follows is an extract from a communiqué published by one section of the fl bloc in Seattle on November 30th.
For over five hours, corporate property was strategically and opportunistically destroyed and defaced by a fl bloc which remained constantly in motion, avoided engaging with police, buddied up and watched each other's backs (de-arresting those attacked by federal thugs).
We must resist the tendency to establish a causal relationship between police repression and protest in any form: police protect the interests of the wealthy few and blame for their violence cannot be placed upon those who protest those interests.
www.eco-action.org /dod/no9/seattle_black_bloc.html   (715 words)

So if we-- fl blockers, or sacrificial lambs like myself-- are going to think about these kinds of situations in terms of setting them up and making them happen, then other cities and other demos might present better opportunities.
Cops infiltrating the fl bloc is not a measure of the tactics failure, but rather its success.
Cops might infiltrate a fl bloc to gain intelligence on the way blocs operate and to attempt to identify certain individuals they deem to be "agitational".
www.ftaaimc.org /en/2003/11/1647.shtml   (6143 words)

 Black Bloc (or not?) in Genoa : LA IMC
The mainstream media and many groups in the alternative Globalization movement are either buying the story of the fl block actions moving Genoa to extreme violence (which was completely theresponsibility of the police) or on other hand, defending the fl block against charges of infiltration.
In fact many people saw these fake fl blocsters coming out of carabinieri vans, putting on the balaklava and starting to raise hell, trashers discussing plans with Marshalls, carabinieri giving crowbars to fake fl blocsters etc. The press is reporting these stories, and the national TV is showing shocking footage.
Certainly the Black Bloc did not organize the rave; Black Blocsters are political activists, we may disagree with their proxys and theory, but we don't deem them as brainless Pavlov dogs foaming at the sight of truncheons.
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 Black Bloc
Thereis so much misinformation about the infamous Black Bloc to date that itis time for a clarification of what the Black Bloc is, stands for, anddesires for the future.
Masked andanonymous, the anarchists within the Black Bloc may feel inaccessible tothe larger movement and I hope this will be an attempt at bridging thatrift that exists right now.
But,it is the Seattle protests that brought the Black Bloc to public view whensome anarchists smashed the windows of the more notorious corporate killers.
www.change-links.org /BlackBloc.htm   (698 words)

 Bashing The Black Bloc? | NEFAC   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Although the basic idea of the Black bloc has been around for years, it only really entered the public consciousness after the Seattle demonstrations.
Black Blocs in Genoa contained a group of Maoists.
If the Black Blocs continue at summit protests, will it be because people have weighed out their pros and cons and decided they are the most effective tactic, or because people like to dress up in gas masks and bandanas?
www.nefac.net /node/124   (3058 words)

 Notes from an activist: Running with the Black Bloc - Salon
I am virtually fundamentalist in my embrace of nonviolence, and here I am with the Black Bloc, infamous for property destruction and for their obstreperously militant tactics.
It is hard to tell who is who; the fl clothing, masks, and beanies lend near-total anonymity.
I don't agree with their tactics; I'm a firm believer in means holding congruent with ends, and I want to build peace as well as justice.
dir.salon.com /story/tech/feature/2003/11/21/miami3/index.html   (1250 words)

 Black Blocs for Dummies | Infoshop.org   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-16)
Black blocs have been in the news often in recent years as militant protests grow against capitalism, the state, and war.
This series of web pages attempts to explain what fl blocs are, who does them, their history, and how to do organize one.
There are also many misconceptions out there about fl blocs, which we will try to address.
www.infoshop.org /blackbloc.html   (202 words)

 TwinCities IMC: Black Bloc at Minneapolis Walkout
While the main body of the protesters sat, the bloc was isolated and alone in their efforts to free the few who had been grabbed.
The “fl blocs” disregard for other human beings and the consequences of their actions is a disturbing trend.
so, beware of the 'sort of fl blocs' that happen out there...even if you are a part of them...don't be surprised if you find yourself behind bars facing felony charges for the pouring of some red paint that is so easily washed away.
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 Black Bloc
From Seattle WTO to the most recent action in Genoa, the Black Bloc has certainly been the main focus by the media and the police in major demonstrations.
The Black Bloc is a tactic that has been used in demonstrations for years.
However, if a person wearing normal street clothes happens to throw a brick and run into the Bloc, chances are that she will have been filmed or photographed and later caught by the police.
mlcastle.net /raisethefist/bloc.html   (763 words)

 (Working)Start of Critique of Black Bloc Technique
In D.C., the Bloc worked in strong solidarity with the rest of the protesters, in a manner that was spirited and inspiring.
More useful than attacking inanimate objects which pose no immediate threat to the day's actions, it would seem sensible for fl bloc type affinity groups to engage in diverting police attention from those aggressively or passively engaged in trying to shut down the streets and the meetings.
The Black Blocs brought to the actions tactical energy, creativity, and courage, as in Seattle, but now also considerable willingness to blend these attributes into the larger venue respecting the desires of other constituencies and repeatedly actively defending their less prepared fellow participants.
www.as220.org /jb/politics/black_bloc.html   (1035 words)

 Urban Dictionary: black bloc
during protests, the fl bloc is the group of anarchists on their bikes wearing fl hoodies with the hoods on, and a bandana over their face so only their eyes show.
Usually, Black blocs will erupt with their messages during critical political times (i.e.
Here in San Francisco, the fl blocs show up for just about every single protest, and they organize breakaways.
www.urbandictionary.com /define.php?term=black+bloc&defid=716016   (351 words)

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