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Monday, June 28, 2010

G20 anarchists clash with police

It is sad to admit that the anarchists who raised havoc at the G20 summit, in recent days, were the ones who got the attention of the press. There will be some leftist and groups who will denounce or even condemn the violent actions of the anarchists. But how much press will these non-violent people get?
When it comes to press coverage, actions speak louder than words. So the black bloc tactics of the anarchists will get the attention they seek, while the placid law abiding groups get ignored.
It is my opinion that anarchists’ beliefs can’t lead to a successful revolution, but they can disrupt and setback the capitalist agenda’s of the worlds captains of industry and their politicians. It is other groups, that are more organized and more experienced at the game of politics who may actually benefit from the actions of these anarchists.
On one had they may accomplish their goal of disruption of the G20 summit and yet they are unlikely to win much for their own agenda.
So they may be successful in one aspect of their actions, while not succeeding at the overall agenda of building an anarchist revolution. There may be change coming, but they won’t be group that benefits from it. -សតិវ អតុ

From the Associated Press:

Police say anarchists unleashed mayhem at summits

TORONTO — Despite a whopping $900 million security budget for the G-summits in Canada over the weekend, the streets of Toronto were swarmed by an angry mass of black-clad anarchists who wreaked havoc, leaving a trail of destruction.
A protest organized mainly by labor groups Saturday began as an upbeat rally over global causes, ranging from anti-poverty issues to anti-globalization to anti-war. Then, without warning, the protest was infiltrated by a group of mainly young men and women who went on a rampage, smashing storefront windows with baseball bats, torching four police cruisers and prompting police to fire tear gas for the first time ever in the Toronto Police force's history.
When it ended, more than 900 people had been arrested, the largest mass arrests Canada has ever seen, and police Monday were still looking for the instigators of the widespread wreckage.
In the aftermath, many are asking how a country that has a universal reputation as the nice guys, whose lexicon is filled with please and thank yous, who don't start the wars, but support the troops, could have erupted in such violence and chaos.
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