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Sunday, November 1st, 2009

INTERNATIONAL ANARCHIST MOVEMENT-BRAZIL:
PROTEST POLICE ATTACK ON THE GAÚCHA ANARCHIST FEDERATION:
Last Thursday, October 29, police in the southern Brazilian city of Porto Alegre broke into the headquarters of the local anarchist federation, the Federação Anarquista Gaúcha (FAG) (Gaucha Anarchist Federation), making arrests and stealing various items of the property of the FAG. The following item from the Anarkismo website is the response of various international anarchist groups to these raids, and is hopefully the beginning of an international solidarity campaign. If you can read Portguese stay tuned to the FAG website linked above for further develeopments.
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International anarchist statement:
Solidarity with the Federação Anarquista Gaúcha:
Yesterday, Thursday 29th October, the Civil Police of Rio Grande do Sul, under the command of Governor Yeda Crusius, broke into the premises of the Federação Anarquista Gaúcha. Police seized various materials such as posters, minutes of meetings, the hard disk of a computer and also the contents of refuse containers that were at the headquarters. They also tried to intimidate those who came to show their solidarity and names contained in the records of the organization's website. Two comrades were arrested and charged.

The comrades of the FAG have spent years fighting against exclusion and casualisation, defending justice and decent living conditions. They are well known for their work with the "catadores" (collectors of cardboard and recyclable refuse), with the homeless and with the landless. In short, work they have been carrying on for years with those at the bottom of society.

This is the reason why the police of the State of Rio Grande do Sul is repressing the comrades of the FAG, a State immersed in corruption scandals, which takes a repressive stance against collectives and organizations that freely exercise their freedom of speech in order to criticize various anti-people policies of the government. This is the government's response to social protest. And the FAG is not the first to be attacked - we must remember the murder of the landless peasant Elton Brum or the death of Marcelo Cavalcante last February.

We condemn these acts of repression in the strongest terms. We denounce the incongruity of Brazilian government policy, a policy of the right with left-wing words. A policy that is governed by the economic parameters dictated by the multinationals and therefore their militaristic, repressive tactics.

Not only do we reject this government repression, but we also express our solidarity and support for the comrades of the FAG, for the constant and tenacious work they do with the ordinary people of their city, which the government and police authorities are seeking to silence by terror, intimidation and repression. We are sure they will not succeed.

It is important now to show support and solidarity. For this reason, we appeal to all anarchist, libertarian and grassroots organizations and collectives to protest against this attack.
Federazione dei Comunisti Anarchici (Italy)
Zabalaza Anarchist Communist Front (South Africa)
Alternative Libertaire (France)
Melbourne Anarchist Communist Group (Australia)
30 October 2009
This statement is based on the one issued by the Confederación General del Trabajo
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As has been mentioned above this statement is based on one from the Spanish CGT(Confederación General del Trabajo) which happens to be the largest anarchosyndicalist organization in the world (by perhaps two or three orders of magnitude). The CGT was "first off the mark" on this matter, and Molly reproduces her own translation of the CGT statement below. For a more complete and perhaps continuing coverage of this issue refer to the CGT's press organ Rojo Y Negro. As an aside Molly has to mention that she is still in the slow process of adding all the CGT's contact info to her Links section. I was "warned" about what a task this would be by Larry Gambone of the Porkupine Blog, and what he warned me about is very much true. Every time I think that I am nearing the end of these listings I discover yet another layer of complexity to the CGT. This, I guess, is not unexpected from an union federation that can gain the votes of about 2 million people in a country (Spain) that has only slightly more people than Canada. What I see the CGT as being is the prime example (the CNT-F is the secondary one) of how to make the ideals of anarchism relevant to a modern society. I also have to admit that my project of listing the CGT allows me to put other matters in better perspective. There is little doubt that there are more "groups" (ranging from 3 to 3,000 people) in the CGT than there are "individuals" adhering at least in their best mindless fashion to certain trends in anarchism that I find repulsive in the whole fucking world. It puts a hopeful light on things, that anarchism has not degenerated into a plaything of religious cultists without God, that anarchism can actually appeal to ordinary people who have ordinary interests and needs.




In any case here is the translation from the CGT.
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Solidarity with the Gaucha Anarchist Federation (FAG):
The CGT calls international solidarity and support to the assault by police at the headquarters of the FAG
Yesterday, Thursday 29 October, the civilian police of Rio Grande do Sul, under the command of the Governor Yeda Crusius broke into the premises of the Gaucha Anarchist Federation. Police seized various materials such as posters, minutes of meetings, the CPU of a computer and trash that they had at headquarters. They also tried to intimidate those who lent their solidarity and were contained in the records of the organization's website. There are two comrades arrested.
The comrades of the FAG spent years fighting against exclusion and precariousness, defending justice and decent living conditions. Their work with with the "tasters" (collectors of cardboard and recyclables) with the homeless and landless is well known. In short, a work they hav done for years with the lower classses.
This is the reason why the State Police of Rio Grande do Sul has practiced repression of companions in the FAG, a state immersed in corruption scandals and which adopts a repressive atitude towards groups and organizations who freely exercise their freedom of speech to criticize the various anti-people policies of the government. This is the government's response to social rejection. And the FAG was not the first to be attacked; we must remember the assassination of landless peasants or Elton Brum Marcelo Cavalcante's death last February.
Since the General Labor Confederation (CGT) of the Spanish State want to show our strongest condemnation to these acts of repression, we denounce the incongruity of the Brazilian government policy, a policy of right wingers with left-wing rhetoric. A policy that is governed by the same economic parameters that are dictated by the multinationals and therefore the same militaristic and repressive tactics.
Not only do we reject the government repression, but we also want to express our solidarity and support to colleagues of the FAG for the work they do with the simple people of their town, constant and tenacious work that government and police authorities have sought to silence by terror, intimidation and repression, but a silence that we are sure they are not going to get.
At the moment we consider expressions of solidarity and support from the CGT important, and therefore we appeal to different organizations and groups to make visible their rejection of these attacks.
Up with those who struggle!
Permanent Secretariat of the CGT Confederal Committee
Related Link: http://www.cgt.es/
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Here are other articles and statements on this incident from the Anarkismo website. Said website also contains updates of many other international anarcho-communist organizations that have joined this appeal.
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Other material:
Sede da FAG é invadida pela Polícia Civil, Federação Anarquista Gaúcha
Solidaridad con la Federacion Anarquista Gaúcha, Federação Anarquista Gaúcha
Brazil: FAG premises raided by police, Federação Anarquista Gaúcha
Solidaridad con la FAG - llamamiento internacional de la CGT, CGT Internacional
Αστυνομική επίθεση και έρευνα, Federação Anarquista Gaúcha
Brasile: Sede della FAG invasa dalla polizia, Federação Anarquista Gaúcha
Perquisition des locaux de la Federação Anarquista Gaúcha, Federação Anarquista Gaúcha
La CGT presenta en la embajada de Brasil en España nota de protesta, Confederación General del Trabajo
Comunicado de la FAU en apoyo a FAG, Federación Anarquista Uruguaya (FAU)
Pronunciamiento de la USL en solidaridad con la FAG, Unión Socialista Libertaria (Perú)
Carta de Apoio a Federação Anarquista Gaúcha, Pró – Coletivo Anarquista Organizado de Joinville
Κατασχέθηκε υλικό της FAG, Federação Anarquista Gaúcha
Carta de Solidariedade a Federação Anarquista Gaúcha, Solidaridade
Nota de Repúdio à invasão da Polícia Civil à sede da FAG, Federação Anarquista do Rio de Janeiro
Protesto não é crime, nenhum passo atrás!, Federação Anarquista Gaúcha
Solidarité avec la Federação Anarquista Gaúcha, Confederación General del Trabajo
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Finally here is the letter (in Portuguese) that the FAG would like you to send to the Brazilian authorities, along with the suggested addresses.
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CARTA DE SOLIDARIEDADE A FEDERAÇÃO ANARQUISTA GAÚCHA
Viemos através deste manifestar nossa solidariedade a Federação Anarquista Gaúcha em repúdio a invasão e apreensão de materiais e equipamentos de sua sede em Porto Alegre operada pela polícia civil na tarde de quinta-feira, 29 de outubro, e a abertura de processo criminal por injúria, calúnia e difamação a mando da governadora Yeda Crusius e expedido pelo Ministério Público Estadual. Este ato repressivo constitui cerceamento da liberdade de expressão e o direito de reunião resultando em censura política e intento de criminalização desta organização.
Já é notório para o Brasil e também em nível internacional a política de criminalização da pobreza e do protesto que é operada por este governo. Repressão e processos judiciais sobre o Movimento Sem Terra, categorias em greve, dirigentes sindicais e mobilizações populares que fazem oposição e denúncia aos esquemas de corrupção instalados nos altos escalões do governo e das políticas do Banco Mundial que desmontam com os serviços públicos e atacam direitos dos trabalhadores. A pobreza da periferia das grandes cidades também é alvo desta política truculenta.
Com esta carta queremos pesar as justas reivindicações de fim aos processos judiciais e a devolução de todos os bens apreendidos da FAG como a garantia das liberdades democráticas que foram violadas pelo Estado.
Ouvidoria do Estado do Rio Grande do Sul - Brasil
Correio: ouvidoria@gg.rs.gov.br
Fax: 00 55* (51) 3210.4522
Procuradoria Geral de Justiça - Ministério Público Estadual
Correio: pgj@mp.rs.gov.br
Fax: 00 55* (51) 32253288
Gabinete do Ministro da Justiça – Governo Federal
Site: www.mj.gov.br
Fax: 00 55* (61) 20259556
*para chamadas internacionais.
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MOLLY NOTES:
Molly is definitely no great fan of the pseudo-socialism represented by various South American governments such as the PT-led coalition that governs Brazil today under 'Lula', and I have no doubt that said government is very much hand in glove with institutions such as the World bank and the IMF, as the comrades of the CGT and the FAG have charged. Still it should be remembered that Brazil is a federal state and that direct responsibility for the repression against the comrades of the FAG lies with the municipal and state governments. It is no doubt correct to appeal to the federal government to intervene, at least to test the limits (narrow as they may be) of their 'good faith'. The incredibly corrupt conservative state government that runs the state of Rio Grande Do Sul is controlled by the conservative PSDB party. The city of Porto Alegre used to be the darling of the "limited libertarian" fashionable left as its adminsitration allowed a carefully policed "participation" of citizens in democractically (more of less) setting priorities for about 10% of the city budget. This was instructive, as it pretty well defines the "limits" of such leftists worldwide with their calls for either "workers' control" or "popular control" ie 10%- as long as it is sufficiently overseen by an army of bureaucrats. To say the least experience with this system did more to drain popular enthusiasm for social change than to encourage it. The end result is that Porto Alegre is now run by a city administration controlled by the PMDB Party, a bizarre conglomeration, mostly centrist but with both a right wing and a left wing consisting of an ex-guerrilla Maoist cult. Very strange. To my mind direct responsibility for the attack on the FAG rests with the city and the state rather than with the federal Brazilian government. Not that the Brazilian feds shouldn't be pressured to show their hand and make it plain whether they are on the side of popular movements or of graft ridden state governments. I guess we'll see what side they are on in the near future.

Same as the old boss… but talks pretty

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

Virginia: No Longer Part of the South

Wednesday, February 11th, 2009

With the passing of the smoking ban, Virginia demonstrates that, when it comes to individual liberty, its ongoing urbanization renders it just another Mid-Atlantic nanny state like New Jersey, Maryland, and New York. I don’t need to rehash the libertarian arguments against smoking bans in private establishments. I will, however, note the following:

  • Despite an email sent out by a minority of Republicans in the legislature, this ban passed with bipartisan support.
  • Republicans are the worst advocates of libertarian policy imaginable. They’re all too eager to go along to get along. And if they do have some moderate libertarian positions, they usually shoot their consistency in the foot by being moral policemen to the max (see my thoughts on the Blackburn vs. Stoch race).
  • We erroneously and self-righteously frame this issue in simplistic terms of “rights” and “freedom” and “liberty”, a language that nanny staters learned long ago to turn around on us. Nobody is against “freedom” or “liberty” or “rights”, so this approach does not capture the essence of the controversy. If this were about abstractions like “rights”, there are far more egregious government intrusions that would have been rejected long ago. No, we are against bans on peaceful behavior because they are enforced by men trained to hurt and kill us – period.

It’s time to stop pretending our self-important, philosophical civics lessons wrapped in political activism work. Our outrage at the state, heartfelt as it may be, is not nearly enough to constitute the necessary resistance, nor is the rhetoric it produces adequate to the task of appealing to our fellow man. We have to start showing people that this is not a game: passing superfluous and intrusive laws pits men trained in violence and suppression against peaceful people. Confront the nanny staters directly with the means they’ve chosen to promote their agendas and ask them why they want to threaten, hurt, and even kill us and our fellow human beings. The stakes are too high to treat this as a friendly debate about ideas.

Washington needs a surge in America

Saturday, October 11th, 2008

As I wrote in an essay a few months ago, the best way to view the imperial nature of the U.S. government is to view it as an empire controlled by the city-state of Washington instead of as a broadly American phenomenon. Indeed, the territorial U.S. differs from Iraq and Afghanistan only in the sense that our occupation is a less volatile one. This allows the resemblance of “civil society” that supports and approves of the occupation, and rules out the need for the frightening displays of force that other people around the world endure at the hands of U.S. armed forces. Generally speaking, we chalk this relative lack of open violence up to our status as a “free people”.

However, as we plunge deeper into financial crisis, that may change. Soldiers fresh from counterinsurgency operations in Iraq are deploying for missions within the U.S.. With the unrest likely upon full-blown collapse of the currency and the economy, Bush retains the prerogative to declare martial law and institute what is, in effect, military dictatorship. Essentially, the imperial managers of Earth in D.C. are deciding whether or not we need a surge - not in Iraq, but right here in the territorial United States.

Part of the process of taking back our freedom entails a sober analysis of our present political situation. There is no real difference between a free society under a government and a military occupation - each exists merely as different zones on a sliding scale of repression, which government dials up or down based on “conditions on the ground”. Until we understand that we live in occupied territory, we will always be able to say “well, we got it better than Iraq” without realizing that the same dynamics are at play, at home and abroad.

And no good police state is complete without its propaganda wing

Sunday, September 7th, 2008

I just about threw my computer across the room when I read this article:

Twitter got a lot of attention from the various press outlets today for its value in following yesterdays rampage by anarchists and the response by police.

One aspect of the social networking service is getting less mention: Its being used to coordinate the violence.

You read that right: Twitter was used to coordinate the violence. Now, let’s set aside the absurdity of this notion that anarchist violence even registered on the same chart as police violence. Maybe they’re confused by incriminating messages, since they usually, you know, have sources for their reports?

Well, there’s this one:

sector 2 requesting backup at kellogg and wabasha, massive amounts of riot cops

And this one:

bringing in delegates at st peter and kellog WIDE OPEN

And this one:

Cops near Excel are searching people’s bags for goggles and gas masks– hide them!

Of course, none of that is violent - and I know there were no others because I monitored the feeds all week (I was a bit obsessive about it). But what are we to make of MPR’s interesting standards for what qualifies as “violence”? Apparently, it’s only ok to have a protest as long as:

  • the people at the event you’re protesting don’t hear you,
  • you don’t protect yourself from the chemical weapons the police deploy indiscriminately,
  • you don’t show solidarity with your fellow protesters.

So what’s the point? Maybe MPR disagrees ever so slightly with Alix’s analysis of this past week’s debacle:

Were they protesting that they have no right to protest?

No, they were committing violence because they have no right to protest. If they had the right to protest, it wouldn’t have been violence!

In order for protests and civil disobedience to work, the media has to capture and disseminate to the public the evidence of the system’s brutality. It was the stories, photos, and newsreels of repression that made the struggles of Indian independence and African American civil rights successful. But if the media really is fully integrated into the authoritarian establishment, then we can expect the tactics of Ghandi and King to fail.

It’s time for us to discard a decades-old tactic that has long since been neutralized by the establishment. We need a new strategy, and many of us need an altogether new goal. We need creativity, innovation, courage, focus, but most of all we need a passion for freedom that can guide our desperation. From now on, let’s stop mourning the passing of the old order, however outraged and angered we are by it. Let us start building the organizations and structures that can move our work forward into new territory.

Permission to correct the mistakes of government: denied.

Saturday, September 6th, 2008

McCain said:

My friends, if you find faults with our country, make it a better one. If you’re disappointed with the mistakes of government, join its ranks and work to correct them.

Just don’t join it’s ranks from within the Republican party:

Today at the Republican National Convention, as the Ron Paul Delegates were taking a picture in front of the model White House inside the Convention Center, they were surrounded by Secret Service which proceeded to search the bags of all the delegates. They took any and everything related to Ron Paul including signs, buttons, videos, slim jims, cards, even books.

They were followed, surveilled, and harassed. Indeed, even if you make it into the ranks of government, they may still try to hold you back:

Earlier Tuesday, Paul said he was told he could go to the Republican convention floor, but only under very restricted conditions.

The Republican National Committee told Paul he would have to pick up his pass at the gate and couldn’t have any guests.

“Republican congressmen should have a pass to the floor, but they said, ‘Your pass will be at the gate, and we’ll pick it up when you leave, and you can’t take anybody with you,’ ” he said on CNN’s “American Morning.”

And since they’re treating even peaceful protest and civil disobedience as terrorism, they’re leaving us with very few options. Whether we see our role in fixing problems as within, without, or against government, the response is clear: submit or suffer. Make this a better country, but a better country according to our definition, not yours. And don’t make any sudden moves while you’re working on those flaws!

William Gillis speaks out

Friday, September 5th, 2008

I cover A.L.L.y William Gillis’s contribution to the RWC press conference at leftlibertarian.org:

William’s willingness to personally speak out, not just against the brutal, self-destructive police state, but also as an unrepentant and bold advocate for anarchism at a time when adherents to that peaceful philosophy are being singled out as terrorists, is nothing short of heroic. We all owe William a debt of gratitude, for I’ve never felt more proud of my opposition to the criminals and serial sadists of the state as I did watching him speak.

Cops may yet come to regret their hostility

Wednesday, September 3rd, 2008

Over and over again, law enforcement demonstrates that they are not only interested in forcing their alien vision of “law and order” on the people they’re supposed to “protect and serve”, but that they are actively hostile and sadistic towards the protestors. We’ve seen this before, like in Miami’s ‘06 FTAA protests:

The resentment has come out full force, now. On Democracy Now!, the arrested journalists told how the police would tighten restraints when detainees complained about how tight they were. The psychology of the human beings in law enforcement is becoming a serious menace and is being actively promoted in their training:

The police brutality that we’ve seen in Denver and St. Paul this week is the result of ongoing indoctrination of the police against protesters, especially any protesters of the left-wing stripe. Local police departments have been militarized to deal with protesters, with much of this militarization happening during the Clinton administration. After 9/11, local police were further turned into anti-terrorist organizations, with the effect that they see their work as fighting terrorists. Local police are also bringing home the terror tactics that the U.S. has been using in dozens of countries around the world for the past century.

The war on terror has escalated into an increased war on the “rabble” of America, most significantly protesters and anarchists. This doesn’t surprise us, because the U.S. government has always been at war with dissidents of many kinds.

We do not have any hope that the police will change their attitudes or their ways. The purpose of the police is to act as the violent arm of capital and the state. The only way for the people to stop the police is to stand up to them, abolish the police and build a different society which needs no police.

Indeed, this jives with my own research: police are being trained to see civil society as their zoo full of mere animals to keep in line, and many are adopting an abusive relationship with their “wards”. Witness their open sadism in St. Paul:


Hat tip to Black Bloke

The sad part about all this is that these attitudes towards the public are going to make the jobs of officers who genuinely want to get along with the public much more difficult. While many officers may look forward to the police state as their chance to beat up hippies (see the end of Daniel Clowes’ Like an Velvet Glove Cast in Iron for a perfect portrayal of this attitude), I’d advise them to take a good look at Iraq. The officers there are targeted by insurgents and are never safe, on or off duty. It’s easy to be a bully when you can still go home to your family in relative safety - a police state turns street protestors from prey into predators. Moreover, it was arguably the attitudes of American soldiers (including cops in reserve units) that turned the people against them and their police. Not only are these attitudes quite similar to those displayed by cops in the twin cities, the attitudes may even be brought back by soldiers from Iraq and Afghanistan to new careers in domestic law enforcement.

If cops want to militarize their jobs, they need to consider the down side for themselves, their families, and their communities. There’s a lot more civilians than soldiers and officers, and continuing abuse - including the branding of activists as terrorists - just threatens to push Americans over the edge the same way Iraqis were pushed. If civil society is lost, cops may look back fondly on the days when the public merely committed minor property damage.

Responding to totalitarianism on demand

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2008

If you’ve been paying attention, you’ve been witnessing a huge leap forward towards a police state over the past week. In addition to the preemptive raids, extralegal break-ins, illegal detentions, disappearing citizens, news media harassment, and general displays of unprovoked violence by law enforcement, we’ve witnessed a very aggressive strategy of mass arrests. Here’s some choice documentation on their strategy for trapping and processing as many people as possible - protestors or not.

While apologists for cops may represent indiscriminate arrests as necessary, it’s actually incredibly sloppy police work. They just declare a “national security event” and suddenly there is no need for self-discipline or judgement whatsoever. Why should people take cops’ authority seriously when they prosecute their jobs so carelessly? If national security is truly at stake, why sweat a few broken windows?

Imagine if this was their response to any suspected crime: just arrest everybody near the scene! Why not just arrest everybody in the city, or the state - surely if everybody’s under arrest, there’s nobody to get in the way of the convention. Cities are a lot safer if you get rid of the people, law enforcement seems to think.

Yet isn’t this the modus operandi of any totalitarian state? By denying everybody freedom and granting police maximum prerogatives to detain, surveil, and otherwise harass citizens, a government blurs the distinction between being under arrest or being free. People under despotic governance experience a sliding scale of captivity, to be moved up or down at the discretion of unaccountable bureaucrat/captors.

It is important to correctly recognize this trend towards a police state. The myths of freedom, civil rights, and the rule of law must be maintained. So instead, the government institutes the police state on demand - invoking it when necessary, and then dispersing it without a trace and shrugging, “what fascism?” You’re never free, really - you just enjoy perpetual probation until the next time the government flips the switch. Under arrest? That’s a relative term; just check the threat level.

This is exactly how police states arrive historically - in easily ignored, irregular spurts. Those are perfect opportunities to train officers in their new attitudes towards citizens, gather data on the effectiveness of tactics, and experiment with new strategies for oppression. The trick is always for the people to wake up before the slow metamorphosis passes the point of no return.

Sadly, it’s clear to me that we’ve probably missed our last chances to reverse these trends. With the P.A.T.R.I.O.T. Act granting the legal cover for whatever our rulers want to label as “terrorism” and impenetrable secrecy about anything else, there’s no recourse in “the system” for citizens to air legitimate grievances. Meanwhile, any direct action is dealt with in the most brutal manner possible (yes, they could be more brutal - but that would impact the efficiency of their actions).

So if we’re in a police state now, what do we do? Obviously, there was a point at which the citizens of Germany in the ’30s gave up on speaking out. There was a point at which the Soviet citizens stopped protesting the Bolshevik treachery. Throughout history, people who found themselves under a totalitarian government had to face a terrible fact: that the modes of democratic society were no longer tenable.

But to admit to yourself the horrible truth, that we have lost our country, that is the truly difficult thing. Keep in mind, however, that it has always been through denial, self-deception, and lack of honesty on the part of the people that totalitarianism has gained a foothold. We must be courageous, pragmatic, and most of all careful. The rules have changed, and if we’re going to play this game we do well to use our time-outs to strategize, not simply to feel sorry for ourselves. In other words, as much as I hate to say it, we’re going to have to unlearn the bad habits of citizenship in a democratic republic.

The silver lining in the police brutality at the RNC this week is really that the activist movement might finally see themselves on the other side of the rubicon. As John Robb explains:

Very cool demonstration from Minnesota of how police forces have been militarized. In addition to the five fold growth in SWAT forces since the 90’s, there’s been a shift in attitude. All likely due to a misdirection of GWOT Homeland security $$ and thinking towards domestic protest. The side effect: the heavy handed approach here will cause a quick shift protest to the open source/disruption model if things deteriorate. Protest is dead. (my emphasis)

It’s time for the activist movement to modify their tactics to reflect the new environment. Flaunting our outrage in the hopes of media attention and citizen backlash has failed. Throwing our bodies on the gears of the machine has not slowed it, let alone stopped it. Protesting every violation of our rights just demonstrates in spades how vulnerable and dependent we are. Demonstrating and organizing just provide easy targets for agent provocateurs, infiltration, and extralegal, preemptive harassment.

Protest doesn’t work in a totalitarian police state. Acknowledging that condition is the first step towards fixing it. Whatever we’re going to do, it’s time to start doing it underground. It doesn’t have to be violent, but it does have to be realistic about the threat.