Sometimes the most vicious thing you can do to the OPD is to not use violence, give them enough rope to hang themselves.
Remember, if they attack us, it only helps us, unless we attack them, then all people see of us is violence, our message is crushed.
Not all strategies are equal, and it’s not enough to just look at how justified you think it is, there are also overarching consequences which should not be ignored.
Throwing bottles at officers only makes their show of excessive force look justified and damages the footage, they’re well protected by riot gear you aren’t hurting them, but doing that does hurt the protesters next to you.
Smashing windows is meaningless, it costs nothing for millionaires to replace a broken window then it’s business as usual, meanwhile if you break the window of a coffee shop, you are making those who share in your cause look like terrorist and street thugs, no matter how it makes you feel or how justified you think it is the tactic is not only ineffective and pointless, it’s harmful.
Before these tactics were used in Oakland, Occupy protesters enjoyed broad support among small business owners who were providing food, shelter, and goods free of charge to support the movement, then people using Black Bloc tactics started intimidating small store owners, and attacked a Whole Food store which did nothing to hurt the store owners, and devastated Occupy Oakland. People had to sleep out in the cold and endure the rain and constant night raids as a result of these tactics.
And it is no coincidence that Oakland is on the map, but Black Bloc didn’t put it there, police brutality and a backlash to it did. Black Bloc tactics is harming the backlash, when we try to edit footage and see bottles and rocks being thrown at police do you have any idea what that does to the footage? It constrains the backlash by making the police look provoked, even when we all know they were the ones doing the provoking.
As another pointed out, quote
‘Black Bloc doesn’t get that OPD is TRYING to Provoke Violence so their payed for Main Stream Media can scare people and turn public opinion against Occupy.’
Black Bloc tactics are having this effect, we implore those sympathetic to them to consider the consequences of each direct action, think far beyond the action itself, think of how it will look, think about the effects it can have on recruitment, think about what it can do to the message, imagine the worst case scenario because there are those who will exploit it. The State wants violence, because the state is adept at exploiting violence, there are much crueler ways to resist.
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