Black Block - Mindless Yobs?Tagged as: economic_crisis m26 repression social_struggles
Published by group: IMC Northern England
During the TUC march on Saturday a 600 strong black block marched through London with militant efficiency. The took out banks, multi-nationals and other symbols of capitalism. They all wanted different things but were united in their desire to make the capitalists pay. See the London Indymedia article on the events. See videos    [roundup]
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The UK has not had such militant black block presence, with a lively Northern contingent, since the J18 and Mayday protests in 2001 so seeing that number of anarchos was unexpected. The tactics were simple and effective: move quickly around the city changing directions and routes frequently. When a legitimate target was spotted it was quickly and effectively attacked. Then the crowd moved off with no milling around. When the police came to block of a road the block moved off in another direction or struck out with cones, bottles and bins before changing direction. This meant the police had little time to prepare and were ineffective. Natwest, Loyds TSB and then a slightly more sustained attack on HSCB. Ann Summers was smashed to chants of, "We're here, we're queer, we're not going shopping".
Some of the TUC marchers were angry that the black block were, "ruining it for everyone". It is hard to see what a TUC march from A to B was meant to achieve, save jobs? Save pensions? Make Dave and Nick see sense? Millions marched against the war, tens of thousands marched against the tuition fees and this made little difference. The black block caused damage and cost the companies money. Cost is in a language that they understand: screw us and it will cost you. The banks and multi-nationals are the real hijackers, they banks demanded 1 trillion pounds in bail-outs which in the financial system we are in results in vulnerable people having services cut. They are hijacking democracy, human rights and now the government wants to bring them into to run public services like the NHS. Smashing the windows isn't going to bring down capitalism or make Dave see sense but it made people feel empowered and out of the chaos anything is possible.
"A riot is the language of the unheard." - Martin Luther King, Jr.