Inside The Black Bloc: "We're Gonna Shut It Down... Whatever It Takes"

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Out of the sea of largely peaceful antiwar demonstrators marching in San Francisco’s Financial District in 2003, a more militant subgroup emerged. Its members wore black masks, black jackets, black hoods and helmets. They smashed windows and looted military recruitment offices.

Since then, as The Los Angeles Times' Paige St. John reports, the so-called black bloc protesters have become a force in the Bay Area and beyond. They have been blamed for violence during protests in Oakland over corporate power and police abuse, notably the case of Oscar Grant, an unarmed black man who was killed by BART police in 2009.

Scorned by critics on both the left and right and hunted by police, the black bloc is bringing its radical tactics to the massive protest movement sparked by the presidency of Donald Trump.

The masked militants went fist to fist with neo-Nazis at the state Capitol in June, where five of their allies were stabbed. Black bloc tactics also dogged Trump’s inaugural ceremonies in Washington, leaving broken windows, vandalized banks and a torched limo.

And early this month on the UC Berkeley campus, black bloc militants tore down police barricades, broke windows, started a fire and assaulted Trump supporters.

Although as St. John reports, they represented a small percentage of the 1,000 mostly nonviolent demonstrators who went to Berkeley to protest a speech by controversial Breitbart columnist and conservative writer Milo Yiannopoulos, but they dominated the outcome.

The protests earned rebukes from students, university administrators and Trump.


The angry vice chancellor called the melee an “unprecedented invasion” of an otherwise peaceful protest.


But some leaders of the campus protest called it a smashing success.


“It wasn’t just people dressed in black who were acting militantly and everyone else is peace-loving Berkeley hippies,” said Yvette Felarca, a political organizer of By Any Means Necessary, an immigration and affirmative action coalition that seeks to build a mass militant movement.


“Everyone cheered when those barricades were dismantled. ... Everyone was there with us in political agreement of the necessity of shutting it down, whatever it was going to take. It shows we have the power,” Felarca said. “I thought it was quite stunning.”

The term “black bloc” was used to describe the tight wedges of black-clad protesters in helmets and masks who appeared in street demonstrations in Germany in the 1970s, confounding efforts to single out, identify and prosecute individuals. Its aim was, and still is, direct action.

Practitioners care little for speech or to shape public opinion, and the media are held in disdain, as are liberals who espouse nonviolence.


Members operate in small squads that organize themselves around flags during the havoc of a protest.


Many are anarchists, and anarchist websites such as It’s Going Down provide a public platform for reports from the underground.


They say they battle police brutality, corporate greed, immigration bans and erosion of civil liberties.


The Bay Area has provided a fertile base for the group, especially Oakland, birthplace to the armed militias of the Black Panther movement.

“I subscribe to self-defense in the very same sense that the Black Panther Party does and that Malcolm X does,” said a veteran Bay Area black bloc militant who spoke on the condition that he not be named because much of the group’s actions are illegal.

He described himself as an employed college graduate, the product of youth incarceration and a household where street respect — not pacifism — was preached.


“Which means for me to recognize one type of violence, which is people being beat up for having certain types of political views and being brazen about them, compared  to the everyday violence ... like I go through the Bay Area and there are people sleeping in the doorways of million-dollar condos that are empty. ... Is that not violent?” he said. “That is the most cruel and violent thing I think I have ever seen.”

There is a strategy behind much of the smashing, according to interviews and published manifestos.

The bloc pushes back against police lines, opening and holding space for mass demonstrations as police seek to corral and disperse the crowd. They draw pepper spray, rubber bullets and other uses of force. They say they focus destruction on standard-bearers of capitalism: Bank machines and a campus Starbucks were hit after Berkeley called off the Yiannopoulos speech.


“Starbucks is a symbol of global capitalization,” the black bloc member said.



Those activists interviewed expressed no remorse for the property damage. They said it should pressure the university to think twice about allowing such events in the future. They hold the same regard for violence against people.

And they recruit... An anarchist group is hosting a two-day conference in Oakland and San Francisco next month to draw newcomers. The black bloc member said he hopes it will help more people find the movement.

“The people I see coming in are curious about what this direct politics looks like. They have come up in the post-Oscar Grant, post-Occupy sort of political environment,” the member said.


“In the next few years, they’re going to get their wings and they’ll start flying.”

Good luck America.

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dude duderson's picture

Let the chaos ensue...we need a bit of a reboot

espirit's picture


Since 1994, the United Nations General Assembly has repeatedly condemned terrorist acts using the following political description of terrorism:

Criminal acts intended or calculated to provoke a state of terror in the public, a group of persons or particular persons for political purposes are in any circumstance unjustifiable, whatever the considerations of a political, philosophical, ideological, racial, ethnic, religious or any other nature that may be invoked to justify them.[


1. the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes.

2. the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization.

3. a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government.




The use of violence or the threat of violence, especially against civilians, in the pursuit of political goals.


The calculated use of unlawful violence or threat of unlawful violence to inculcate fear; intended to coerce or to intimidate governments or societies in the pursuit of goals that are generally political, religious, or ideological.


How many do I have to bag and tag for a Noble Peace Prize?


Manthong's picture

Just wait until these black asshats experience the blowback.

It will not tickle.

Handful of Dust's picture

Anyone comes near me (or my gf) with a black mask and a stick/pipe will wish they hadn't. I believe in self-defense and cannot outrun the masked terrorists.

It was shameful to watch the SF Pussy Patrol Police stand there in the student sipping coffee while those people were being beaten up outside.



Ignatius's picture

Black Bloc looks to me to be agent provocateurs.

Don't believe I recall them ever being arrested, i.e., they're controlled opposition.

I Feel a little Qeasy's picture

Correct, but I'm curious as to why, for example, a man with learning difficulties sitting in the road, or a man walking or running from police in your country are shot at and killed, and yet these people committing actual crimes are not.

SoDamnMad's picture

I have definite evidence (got it from WaPo) that Obama snuck into CA from Hawaii and dug under the Oroville Dam spillway to make the dam disaster Trumps fault.  He knew from weather conditions in the Pacific while playing golf that excessive rain would fill the dam and cause flooding in the drainage area behind the dam.

BrownCoat's picture

You lost me at "he knew." Obama was a clueless Communist.

This is funnier than your story: 

Why do communists only drink herbal tea?

Because proper-tea is theft. 

BabaLooey's picture


Meet the "U.S. guerrilla fighter" of modern times.

More opportunities than 95% of the worlds population....

...and STILL they can't figure it out....(and think they are OWED a living)

Dumb asses........THESE type of people ARE what needs to be eradicated.

Once they encounter real war - they'll just revert to fringe thuggish packs of stupid black racists;

................because they'll get their asses kicked

Chris Dakota's picture
Chris Dakota (not verified) espirit Feb 13, 2017 6:12 AM

Send these Satanic queers to fix the dam in Oroville CA.

DavidC's picture

FFS, it's Nobel, NOT Noble!


Paul Kersey's picture

Motivates me to plan to move farther and farther away from what once passed as a form of civilization. It's getting less civil all the time.

Joe Sichs Pach's picture

What a great way to infiltrate this group by going to the recruiting meeting.
Any ZHers in the northern land of fruits and nuts?

effendi's picture

a risky move as they may detect you. Better to just fight fire with fire and firebomb their meeting to scorch the nuts.

Jubal Early's picture

Yeah, I have never been in a synogogue either.  All those stinky bearded jews dressed in black planning getting worked up and breathing hard their foul breath while planning to wreck goyim property.  

joe6px's picture

These guys are organized, have political, legal, and financial support. They are planning and running real world violent ops. It is only a matter of time before they transition to armed conflict, and it won't be the easy pickings some people think it will be. Read up on them at, pretty well organized and packed with info on ops planning and execution, and of course heavy on the prog recruiting language.

cowdiddly's picture

yep real scary... like fish in a barrel.

Boondocker's picture

Like you are actually carrying out real counterinsurgency operations?  the average man is not ready for this level of conflict.

ReZn8r's picture

I invite the black bloc punkassed anarchists to come into a 'concealed carry' state. Send those pussies on.

Canadian earmuffs's picture

I would assume Soros is behind a lot of the financing.  This guy has to taken down.

yellensNIRPles's picture

The middle of absolutely fucking nowhere is looking pretty good right about now.

monk27's picture

Throw these assholes in jail. Lose the key ! Let them stew together for awhile...

Misty 34's picture

Time for some S&W insurance.

NoDecaf's picture

Douse them with their true color - pink

brianshell's picture

That's a nonviolent way to mark them. Carry pink paintball guns and splatter those black masks.

zen0's picture

"like I go through the Bay Area and there are people sleeping in the doorways of million-dollar condos that are empty. ... Is that not violent?” he said. “That is the most cruel and violent thing I think I have ever seen.”

Keep it up, delusional bastard. You ain't seen nuthin' yet.

Just remember you wanted it.

The Wizard's picture

Starbucks?????? A bit of irony. I would think the students would be upset over their aim at Starbucks. I would guess most of Starbucks purchasers are from the Snowflake community.

Dr. Bonzo's picture

I don't know where they come up with this stuff, but I first saw a group that called itself the "Black Bloc" in Seattle in 1999 @ the anti-WTO protests. Seemed to be all the same dynamics at play. They graffitied anarchist symbols all over downtown, ran around in a little clique clad in black wearing masks and hoodies, broke windows, flipped garbage cans and tried to be "bad ass."

One thing they were not, they were not affiliated with any of the hundreds of other protest groups and organizations parading around Seattle in 1999. Conspicuously stuck to their own group. They seemed to be attempting to instigate shit... which didn't catch on.

Also of note, during the first day of protests when things were relatively calm, the police had the option to arrest the entire group of Black Bloc fuktards, there weren't that many of them. But the police seemed to deliberately avoid going after them. Later arrangements were made with city hall and the city even put up the Black Bloc members, who reportedly came from Oregon, in housing near Pioneer Square and the Kingdom.

I later heard from contacts working security for the Klintons that elements of the Combat Applications Group were also in Seattle (Delta) during / for the WTO ...

Interesting side note... the anti-WTO protests were of course, against the takeover of the US by global corporations... something that you would identify as a Trumpism. In fact, Trump would by 1999 standards be considered the closest thing to an anti-globalist in the White House we've seen in over 70-years. So... they're protesting a president... who aligns with their strategic political objective. Right.

Fathead Slim's picture
Fathead Slim (not verified) Dr. Bonzo Feb 12, 2017 9:30 PM

I remember reading about that. The only way a group like that could avoid arrest is with the collusion of the cops. I don't mean that riot police could round all of them up at once, but the fact that not a single one has been arrested shows that they're being allowed to act out.

Even in a clusterfuck like the Berkeley riot, a dozen experienced concert bouncers probably could have stopped the blactards and handed several of them over to cops.

shovelhead's picture

50,000 volts of love, pull the mask off , take a picture before you stomp their teeth in.

Maybe a good kick in the balls for extra credit.

The anti-recruitment action.

Handful of Dust's picture

You would think that, yes. Unless they do the bidding of the highest bidder, Hillary and soros.

rejected's picture

When coppers don't arrest, it's because they were told to stand down.  Berkely is a good example.

brianshell's picture

The trouble with city police is they work for the mayor. Seattle has had a long string of ne'erdowells. They buck the will of the people in order to do favors for their friends. Now they even paint the sidewalks rainbow and reserve whole cars lanes downtown for bikes. Not a thousand bikes, maybe a hundred. WTF.

Bryan's picture

They got too much time on their hands with nothing to do.  Stop handing out free stuff and make them work to survive.

wcole225's picture

" shows we have the power". Until you don't you moron. The music just started and Trump hasn't yet reached the Octagon. It's gonna be a long hot summer and your ass is grass

American Snipper's picture

Anyone with a mask on at a protest needs to be arrested on the spot for mayhem, inciting a riot, and whatever else can stick to put them in jail for decades, decimate their ranks...

Otherwise surround them and stab or shoot them in the back

devnickle's picture

You WILL be shot. Not if, when. 

Shadow1275's picture

Who cares who they are, just shoot the terrorists in the head

lasvegaspersona's picture

So now 'violence' is private property?

Fuck em...I'm losing my sympathy for my fellow man rapidly.

I was going to donate my million dollar condo to dirty homeless people but now I'm going to just use it when I feel like it.

Just spent the weekend in Berkely...still zany as ever...logic and truth have not had any impact there. Fortunately everyone I saw on campus was Asian so maybe there is hope.

loveyajimbo's picture

As long as they destroy libturd havens, no problemo.  Come to AZ, where we have a city ordinance... anyone wearing a black mask and assaults people or property can be gunned down at will.

As for Yvette "Pig fellatio" Felarca, arrest her for sedition and incitment to riot... after her prison term, revoke her citizenship, if she is not an illegal, then tar and feather her... then deport.

rahrog's picture

Be easier to just take her for a helicopter ride.


Krungle's picture

Do we really care if they smash Starbucks and attack the wealthy of San Francisco? Just co-opt them, pay them more than Soros, and have them rampage in liberal areas against the likes of Google and Starbucks and Nordstroms or whomever. And yeah, they're kind of right about people sleeping on the streets in front of homes in the Bay Area owned by people who are inside posting on Facebook about how awful it is that we don't let in more immigrants to take American jobs and donating to a bunch of ridiculous liberal causes, most of which probably funds some kind of child trafficking/organ harvesting scheme in some color revolutioned conflict zone. You guys need to start thinking like the other team does and set them upon one another and stop bitching because some disenfranchised kid living in the shadows of Google billionaires hates crony capitalism. Shit, post on their Facebook page that Milo is meeting with Zuckerberg at Zuck's house to discuss a reproachment. Better yet, Milo is meeting with Soros. Get creative here.....

ReZn8r's picture

rat fuck two at a time... Brilliant.