Posted 9 years ago on Jan. 21, 2012, 12:43 a.m. EST by Thrasymaque
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As many of you already know, several months ago I predicted that OWS would eventually turn to violence. My prediction was based on my perception that Occupy was constantly using violent imagery and violent rhetoric in its marketing material, and the fact that Occupy is deeply inspired by the Arab Spring protests.
You'll also remember that during the Oakland protests, Occupy strongly distanced itself from the violent actions of the BlackBloc by stating that this was a fringe group that did not represent the non-violent ideologies of Occupy.
Today, it seems the wind is blowing in a new direction. Here is a recent official news item published by Occupy.
excerpt - "The march continued onward when suddenly the familiar sound of revolution rang through the air as [the Black Bloc] smashed through a luxury car dealerships window which caused a rift amongst the march."
Not only is Occupy no longer distancing itself from the BlackBloc, it goes as far as to write that the BlackBloc's violent actions represent the ring of revolution; a revolution that has been the heart of Occupy since the beginning of the protest. Is this the sign that the horn of war has been blown?
Personally, I was hoping that the ring of revolution was going to be felt through positives actions based on building a new world, and not violent actions like destroying the property of others. This is a point I addressed in my previous posting: http://occupywallst.org/forum/why-and-how-ows-must-change-or-onto-anarcho-syndic/
- Why do you think Occupy has drastically changed its position in regards to the BlackBloc?
Do you think this change is a positive step for Occupy?
Is Occupy still non-violent, or is it taking a step towards the dark side by embracing the BlackBloc instead of distancing itself from it like before?
Do you think the destruction of property is non-violent because it doesn't hurt anybody physically?