Posted 8 years ago on Jan. 23, 2012, 5:41 a.m. EST by Cephalus
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Does anyone know if OWS is no longer strongly and clearly distancing itself from the BlackBloc's violent destructive actions? Has there been a decision on this issue passed in a recent general assembly?
We know the Egyptian protesters sent a message to OWS protesters on October 25th expressing their solidarity and their openness to use violence if necessary. This, of course, is in line with Bhagat Singh's strategy (Bharat Singh was in turn influenced by French anarchists) and not the non-violence of Ghandi. I find this interesting since the Egyptian protest is such an important influence and inspiration for OWS.
excerpt - "It is not our desire to participate in violence, but it is even less our desire to lose. If we do not resist, actively, when they come to take what we have won back, then we will surely lose. Do not confuse the tactics that we used when we shouted "peaceful" with fetishising nonviolence; if the state had given up immediately we would have been overjoyed, but as they sought to abuse us, beat us, kill us, we knew that there was no other option than to fight back. Had we laid down and allowed ourselves to be arrested, tortured and martyred to "make a point", we would be no less bloodied, beaten and dead. Be prepared to defend these things you have occupied, that you are building, because, after everything else has been taken from us, these reclaimed spaces are so very precious."
We also know that anarcho-primitivists such as Derrick Jensen who promote the use of property destruction are a very important influence on OWS. And, that most anarchists are inspired more by Bhagat Singh than by Gandhi.
A Derrick Jensen video explaining why violence is a must: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e75I4ysssoA
Wikipedia entry on Bhagat Singh:
We also know that in their last two news articles, OWS has seemingly supported the actions of the BlackBloc.
In this article, the BlackBloc "ring the bell of revolution": http://occupywallst.org/article/occupysf-boa-peoples-food/#comments
In the article against the police, there is a linked video which promotes the actions of the BlackBloc.
It's also important to note the smoke bomb that was thrown on the White House, and the recent bricks and Bibles that were thrown off a rooftop by OWS protesters in San-Fransisco:
Honestly, I don't know what's going on, and that's why I'm asking. If you have information concerning a possible change of heart in terms of OWS vis-à-vis the BlackBloc, please let me know.