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(en) Anti-Statist Black Bloc Press Release

From "J. H." <jhons@hotmail.com>
Date Wed, 9 Aug 2000 19:26:22 -0400


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> From: durgaldur@juno.com
Following is an excellent statement that Philly Black Bloc put out
following last Tuesday's actions.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

No contact info available.

Anarchist Black Bloc Press Release

Statement from R2K Black Bloc
We, the various members of the Anti-Statist Black Bloc (ASBB) put forth
the
following statement in the wake of the Philadelphia Police Department's
blatant misinformation and the corporate media's biased reports against
us.
The ASBB advocates the building of an organized movement against
corporate
and state tyranny in America. We recognize that poor and working class
people have lost control of their communities and individual lives. The
Democratic and Republican parties clearly support social relations in
which
this is furthered. By supporting the death penalty, militarism, corporate
welfare, and the cutting of social spending, amongst others, they have
proven to be political parties of profit over people as all parties have.
By
organizing black blocs and using direct action, we confront this
intolerable
and unacceptable system.

As anarchists we believe private property is theft, state property is a
tool
for the protection of corporate interests and that both must be destroyed
for the creation of a society based on mutual aid and individual liberty.
By
spray-painting a wall we transform the way we think of it from a
conception
based on monetary value to one based on practicality. In a system that is
concerned only with profit we make our most effective protest when we hit
the oppressors in the pocketbook. Property damage, as one form of
strategic
direct action, is an effective way to achieve this goal. This is not just
a
theory ... this is a fact. Since the actions of the black bloc in Seattle
against the WTO, a running debate about global capitalism and democracy
has
finally entered the public discourse. We are on the brink of a new social
revolution.

At yesterday's protest, members of the ASBB specifically targeted police
and
other government property. The ASBB did NOT attack "mom & pop"
businesses,
or personal property. Remember that there are other organizations and
associations that work autonomously with similar tactics. The can only be
responsible for OUR actions. The ASBB disavows any responsibility for
damage
to the personal property of working class and "mom & pop" businesses.

The second most misconstrued tactic of the ASBB is the wearing of masks.
Since the exposing of COINTELPRO, it has been plainly obvious that many
government organizations have been monitoring and disrupting radical
organizations. This is a threat to our personal safety and liberty. In
this
sense, we wear masks for our protection. We do not wear masks to threaten
or
intimidate the public. Wearing masks also sends the message that we are
in
solidarity with each other as equals. We look forward to the day when we
can
live in a society where we won't have to wear our masks.

We also stand in solidarity with all the other brothers and sisters who
came
out to protest yesterday. We are NOT terrorists and we are not an
isolated
group. We represent a diverse coalition of different races, genders,
classes, and political viewpoints that are truly interested in creating a
meaningful democracy and fighting the real terrorists: corporate America
and
the police State. For it was not us who bombed an entire city block,
destroying homes and countless memories. It was not us who shot dead
Robert
Brown. It was not us who brutalized Thomas Jones to a bloody pulp. All
these
actions are the responsibility of the defenders of private property, the
Philadelphia police. We encourage all oppressed peoples to organize for
active resistance against power and privilege. Onward to Anarchist social
revoilution!!!

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