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(en) Us, Boston, Summing the Bl(A)ck Tea Society new strategy for anarchist direct action - Boston Incubates Decentralized Resistance

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Date Sat, 31 Jul 2004 20:12:00 +0200 (CEST)


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The City of Boston and Federal Agencies transformed Boston into a
totalitarian police state in the days leading up to and during the
Democratic Convention of 2004. The organs of oppression prepared for
the arrests of 2000. During the weeks leading up to the DNC, the FBI
and local police officers harassed dissidents and anarchists across
the United States. Naturally, these acts of oppression gave pause to
some protesters and the numbers that turned out for the DNC were smaller
than expected. Despite this, the resistance to the DNC was a success.
The city saw many decentralized actions, planned and executed by small
groups. This new form of organized (or disorganization) was difficult
for the police to infiltrate and many actions took the police by surprise.

A cage was constructed into which authorities planned to intern protesters
during the demonstration. The FBI, an agency famous for lying and
deception, put forth a hoax-terror operation reporting, falsely,
that anarchists planned to attack the media. During the weeks
leading up to the DNC, the FBI and local police officers harassed
dissidents and anarchists across the United States. Naturally,
these acts of oppression gave pause to some protesters and the
numbers that turned out for the DNC were smaller than
expected. This increased the ratio of police to protesters
significantly. In fact, the forces of oppression far out numbered
the protesters in Boston during the DNC, as thousands were
imported from other jurisdictions.

Despite this, the resistance to the DNC was a success. The city
saw many decentralized actions, planned and executed by small
groups. This new form of organized (or disorganization) was
difficult for the police to infiltrate and many actions took the
police by surprise. Naturally, the media was prepared for large
and concentrated events and mistook their infrequency for a
resistance that fizzled. In reality, the opposite was true. The new
mode of resistance is not played out for the media and most of its
actions took place below the radar of the media. These actions
were intended to communicate the resistance meme to
Americans directly, in the first person and at this they were
successful.

Moreover, the fear and confusion experienced by the police,
facing a decentralized resistance, was both palpable and obvious.
Law enforcement agencies from the FBI and Homeland Security
down to the state and local police were all reporting their
concerns about the decentralized actions. The impression left by
law enforcement was that these actions would be violent. The
reality, however, is that there were not violent. Additionally, by
engaging in decentralized resistance, protesters kept the number
of arrests to an incredibly low total of six (compare that to the
2000 that the police had hoped for). Due to decentralized
resistance the police were left confused and their cells were
largely empty. Hundreds of protesters that may have been
arrested have avoided arrest by avoiding infiltration and
manipulation. This increases the number of protesters that will
be available for the Republican National Convention.

Even the media got whiff of the new mode of resistance. Fox
News referred to them as Asymmetric Actions and other news
outlets referred to them as Decentralized Actions. Since the
media does not count as real anything they do not experience
directly with their cameras, they have underestimated the impact
of these events.

Decentralized Actions are not intended to be one time events.
They are intended to seed the concept of their own replication
within the minds of those that witness them. The hope is that
each Decentralized Action is like a seed that will bring forth fruit
and multiply in the form of more Decentralized Actions
conducted by those who witness them. If this meme based theory
holds up, the best is yet to come. Specifically, we should see a
rise in Decentralized Actions in the months following the DNC.
When these new actions sprout, seemingly from no where as
more Americans become decentralized resisters, cities such as
Boston will face a larger resistance without the full boot of the
federal police state behind them. If the many thousands of storm
troopers occupying Boston during the DNC were confused, you
can imagine how confused the Boston police will be when they
face this resistance on their own.

As the DNC leaves Boston, the city's resistance should not view
the event as over. The DNC itself may be over but a new phase of
resistance is just beginning. The evacuation of the feds should be
met with a rise in Decentralized Actions.

The weekend starts tomorrow.


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