Black Blocks are an integral part of left dissent, They have been for a long time. But they need to be part of the demonstration, not counter to it. If the mass of people doesn’t want black block direct action, than they need to respect that. When the mass of the people demands direct physical intervention, the Block should be there. Black Block is not just a fucking costume you put on. It’s the backbone of resistance to police tactics. It’s true place is in resisting a push by riot squads. Pushing back when the billy clubs come down. Returning the tear gas canisters to their rightful owners. Breaking windows isn’t black block. Graffiti isn’t black block. Its fucking hooliganism.
calling them Anarchist as a slur is inaccurate and insulting both to Anarchist and the accusers. It is also disingenuous, as the OWS movement has grown it has taken on very Anarchist characteristics. Lack of hierarchy, direct democracy, temporary autonomous zones. These are ideas straight out of an Anarchist text.
Do not disenfranchise Anarchist voices because of a few black clad thugs. It is more likely a fashion statement than a political one on their part.