After the destruction and mayhem that went down at two recent Berkeley protests (riots) objecting to conservative speaker Milo Yiannopoulos in February and more recently at a Trump rally, it’s becoming apparent that these are not organic legitimate free speech demonstrations but outbursts planned & staged by America-hating Marxists & socialists (anti-capitalist anarchists) intent on breaking things, destroying private property, starting fires and injuring rival demonstrators.
According to Complex.com the all-black uniform (black dress, hoodies & helmets) keeps everyone in the group anonymous. As the world saw on inauguration day, people within the black bloc will sometimes emerge from the tight bloc formation to destroy private and corporate property—an act of protest that is entirely illegal—but when everyone looks the same, it’s harder to tell who stayed in the streets and who whipped out a hammer and started smashing windows.
The nefarious behavior of the Black Bloc goes way back, before the Ferguson riots, the usual destructive rioting at G8 or G20 meetings. Remember the 1999 Seattle World Trade protests? A GAP store, a Starbucks, Nordstrom, and other businesses were destroyed. Things got so out of hand it was dubbed the Battle of Seattle. Black Bloc is less a specific cohesive group but as many as 75 anarchist, socialist & communist groups with leaders and followers and a set of radical tactics employed by any number of groups going back to the 1980s in California (where else, right?).
An article in Breitbart before the inauguration stated that groups like the violent Black Bloc typically aren’t motivated by money, but instead come to protests because of their anti-American ideology, base criminal desires and thrill seeking. Pure thuggery.
There were 21 arrests at the last Trump rally in Berkeley, but these thugs largely remain unidentifiable and protected from pepper spray due to the black clothing, masks, etc., leaving the police outnumbered and hindering criminal prosecution. That thin line between First Amendment demonstration rights and anarchy has definitely been blurred. Maybe it’s time for tanks and rubber bullets. What say you?
Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)
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