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Forum Post: An idea for circumventing police resistance

Posted 8 years ago on March 26, 2012, 9:19 a.m. EST by XenuLives (1645) from Charlotte, NC
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Flash protests!

The gist is to split up into smaller, more mobile groups. Take, say, 20 people at a time, find random protest targets, and then plan to assign groups to these targets at privately disclosed times throughout the day. That way the police will only know about your protests when they happen, AND they will spend a much greater amount of time trying to suppress each of the protests than if they only had to converge on one location. You get your message out, AND avoid police brutality!

The big announced protests are important for the public face of the movement, but they are also easy for the police to plan to disrupt. You tell them exactly when and where to show up, and they arrive like attack dogs smelling fresh meat. Stop being easy to suppress. Spread out a little more, make your movements a little less private, and keep the police on their toes!


  • How to get people who are not already part of the GA assigned to these private groups... Who can you trust? I would try recruiting just the regulars for a test run first. Meet at an undisclosed location or private forum and don't announce the details to the public, then do a trial run on a random day.

  • Getting secure private communication channels between flash-protestors is crucial. You are going to want to know what is happening so that you can re-group if necessary.

If you can plan this in secret (the tricky part) then they could work out beautifully.





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[-] 1 points by FriendlyObserverB (1871) 8 years ago

I would suggest protesting right there at the police stations .. that would really shake them up .. !

[-] 1 points by Shule (2638) 8 years ago

Why be bothering with the police? They are just the side show; hired dupes trying to make a buck just like everybody else, and they are not worth pissing off. If you really want to be effective focus in on the politicians, and banksters; i.e. make their lives miserable.

I do agree with the general tactic suggested by the post. I only suggest changing the target.

[-] 0 points by XenuLives (1645) from Charlotte, NC 8 years ago

Yes, using this you could protest the police brutality AND protest Wall St at the same time!

It would behoove Occupiers to study "The Art of War" and try to incorporate its precepts into movement strategies. Use the tactics about troop position, formations, etc. to effectively out-maneuver the police, and study counter-espionage techniques so that no more events are spied on and infiltrators are more easily outed.

[-] 1 points by FriendlyObserverB (1871) 8 years ago

..or they could fly to the middle east, find a nice quiet spot in the desert .. where no one will bother them .. !