While I always support people’s right to free speech I can’t help liking the fact that anarchists using “Black Block” tactics were able to shut it down. There may come a time when such tactics are useful and necessary. If progressives, poor people and poor working people in this country get rolled over on by conservatives and their thugs in Congress, along with our President Donald Trump, we may have to show them that we can be as intimidating as they are. Right-wingers are always trying to intimidate us by waving their guns in our faces. We can fight back also.
For many of us, a lot more is at stake than ourfree speech. We may lose our medical care, we may lose our incomes, and we may lose our basic rights. If the established order can just take away our rights, we have every reason to protest and, if necessary, do it in a militant and destructive way. We call it; “make the country ungovernable.” -សតិវអតុ
The article below mentions the Black Bloc:
Berkeley, California (CNN)Protests that erupted at UC Berkeley ahead of a planned Wednesday appearance by right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulos caused $100,000 worth of damage to the campus, the school said Thursday.
The university blamed "150 masked agitators" for the unrest, saying they had come to campus to disturb an otherwise peaceful protest.
Two Berkeley College Republicans "were attacked while conducting an interview" on the campus on Thursday, UC Berkeley also said in a prepared statement. The attackers, who were not affiliated with the university, were taken into custody by UC Berkeley police.
Administrators decided to cancel the Wednesday event about two hours before the Breitbart editor's speech. UC Berkeley said it removed him from campus "amid the violence and destruction of property and out of concern for public safety."
Black-clad protesters wearing masks threw commercial-grade fireworks and rocks at police. Some even hurled Molotov cocktails that ignited fires. They also smashed windows of the student union center on the Berkeley campus where the Yiannopoulos event was to be held.
At least six people were injured. Some were attacked by the agitators -- who are a part of an anarchist group known as the "Black Bloc" that has been causing problems in Oakland for years, said Dan Mogulof, UC Berkeley spokesman.
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