This shit has got to stop
the debate over violence and non violence has gone for so long that, the two words have been completely obscured. Why is that?
Violence. Non-violence. Violence. Non Violence. What the fuck?
What do these words mean? i attended the Bush demonstration today, and ran into a circus of dissent. Awe inspiring indeed. However, i was struck with, aside from a baton, the same old emotions i recieve at every demonstration that involves an overwhelming majority of privilaged white people. NO VIOLENCE! NO VIOLENCE! This chastised battle cry is ever prevalent at demonstrations that include a people, or majority of people, who have much...MUCH to lose in their cozy lives. I saw individuals, in pure anger and resistance(which is not a bad thing nor is it the end of the world), militantly defend their positions to demonstrate by exercising methods of resistance which just might be different than the same old "lie down and take it" attitude. Makeshift barricades were made, people attempted to dismantle police lines( yes, violently..how else are you going to dismantle police lines?), people attacked the very symbols of oppression that they deal with on a daily basis, such as police cars and uniforms. I know some of these individuals. Some of them have nothing to lose. Some of them have alot to lose. One concept united them: They both knew that in the end, under a fascist regime, they would have nothing....perhaps not even their lives.
NO VIOLENCE! NO VIOLENCE! I am in 100% support of non violent direct action. Non violent, CONFRONTATIONAL DIRECT ACTION. When one yells NO VIOLENCE!, i wonder to myself," well, what are you doing to be nonviolent?" I havent seen one major sit-in here, not one passive police line break attempt, not one lock down! I see a bunch of scared people running away trying to escape the bludgeon of the state coming down on them. And then remaining standing, like lemmings. WHAT KIND OF NON VIOLENCE IS THAT? Maybe now you can see why people, dedicated people in my eyes who wish to TRULY MAKE SOCIAL CHANGES, take it upon themselves to attack before being attacked, or defending themselves when they do EVENTUALLY GET ATTACKED???????????
Whats the matter people? afraid of getting arrested? Afraid of losing your material livelihood? I would wager the latter....
Another thing: EXPECT THE REACTION YOU GOT TODAY AT ANY DEMO, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE FUCKING PREZ IS IN TOWN! People who whine about police repression should get used to it. That is what they are there for. That is what they get paid to do. They are defenders of oil money, of business, of capital. Do you think they care about you?
The throwing of things and the development of barricades: "What does that accomplish?" "No Violence!" "Stop throwing things, you are just as bad as them!"
I just have to comment on that.First, people have no right, absolutely no right, to put measures on other people's forms of resistance, especially when the police just attacked your lines and kicked everyone's ass from here to Australia. Sure, a plastic bottle, a bucket, a rock or even maybe a firebomb might not even hurt a police officer. However, some people are just not so morose as to allow their power to be taken away from them by an enemy who's job it is to disempower people. The throwing of objects, no matter if by one or two people in a peaceful crowd, or a 900 black bloc who showers police with hundreds of cobblestones, it is a reclamation of one's power to hurl an object at one who oppresses for a living. And it is self defense. Legitimate.
People can go even further and get into discussions about the difference between attacking police lines and property damage...sure. im not going to waste my time here. I just wanted to address the lack of real NO VIOLENCE type of action that exists in the Portland Pacifist scene, and even the lack of organization that exists within the realms of those who wish to be more physically confrontational. Portland folks who participate in black bloc activities: TRUST ME, THERE IS ALOT TO BE LEARNED.....example, do not drift apart, do you want to be targeted????????
i want to type some more, but i have to wash the pepper spray off my face and drink some water. i hope i have been clear. For anyone who feels this is an attack, it is. In a major way. You have a choice. You can fight like hell, or you can confront, sit, lock, get arrested, fill the jails, etc. But either way you choose to go, have some fucking respect for each other. And please, no more of this standing waiting to get your head cracked open. Fight or flight? No...fight or annoy. you know how annoying it is to have to arrest 1000 locked together people on broadway ave.?
i have much more to say, but i am now falling asleep and getting spray on my keyboard. Trust me, I will be back
p.s. gandhi was not non violent.....stop using him as a pacifist matyr.....
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