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The Black Bloc: Inside America’s Hard Left

The Black Bloc: Inside America’s Hard Left


Fear is a part of our tactics. We do want Nazis to be afraid to
organize in public. It’s our job to go out
there and say: No, we’re not going to allow you to
spread these ideas. Philadelphia make it clear, fascists are not welcomed here. Politically, I’m an
anarcho-communist and I’m an anti-fascist. And right now, I’m focusing a lot
on that anti-fascism. So what I’m doing here is mixing half part water and half part liquid antacid. It makes something called L.A.W. or Liquid and Antacid and Water. You use it in response
to pepper spray. We get a lot of accusations that
we’re doing this for kicks, that we’re doing this because
we’re violent teens, who just want to see violence happen. I consider myself to be
someone who’s very fed up with seeing protests
that accomplish nothing. I did a lot of marching
and holding signs and yelling in the streets
and getting permits. And it didn’t really feel like
I was doing enough. I was aware that, you know,
obviously there’s plenty of racists in the country, but I didn’t realize that they were
organized and political, and actively out to cause violence. Seeing the state of the world
and seeing the news and seeing what’s going on, seeing how much danger
people were in, made me want to get involved. The term Antifa is short
for anti-fascist. And as many people know,
anti-fascism dates back to fascism, so we can see anti-fascists battling
Mussolini’s Blackshirts in Italy, standing up to Hitler’s Nazis. And today, a lot of anti-fascists
draw from the European tradition. And really, it’s at the front lines
of physically confronting fascists and white supremacists organizing in the
United States today. There’s no one organization
called the Black Bloc. It’s dozens, hundreds, thousands of
autonomous organizations all across the country,
all across the world. Black Bloc or Bloc is
just what we wear. It’s entirely black, simple,
non-identifying clothing. You don’t want to get
identified by Nazis. Or they’re going to try
and show up to your house, try and contact your employer, beat you up on the street if
they get the chance. So it’s important they can’t
find who you are. But it’s also important that
if you’re doing something illegal, if you’re trying to punch a Nazi, then you don’t want police
to be able to identify you. And you don’t want police to be
able to tell you apart. Antifa really exploded into the
headlines in response to the disruption of the
Milo Yiannopoulos event back at UC Berkeley in February, where mass Antifa broke windows
and created enough of disruption for the the university to
cancel the event. This created a lot of debates around different tactics for
opposing the far right, and questions around free speech. Street violence is actually one of
the last resorts for anti-fascists. The first line of defense is just
finding out who the local Nazis are. People will post online
with Nazi flags, and post about the marginalized
groups they want to kill. And when we find those posts, we save them and send
them to employers. Finding ways to disrupt their
organizing online. Track them down
and figure out where they live, and try and make sure that they
don’t feel comfortable. There has been an increase in
Neo-Nazi organizing since the Trump campaign started. And they’ve absolutely
been more active. The Jeremy Christian killings, the
killings in Charlottesville, those are not the acts of
individual people, those are the acts of a
political movement. Personally, I’m Jewish, I’m a trans woman, and I’m queer. And those are related. Knowing we have someone
in the White House, who calls white supremacists a side that has some good people, is really frightening. I do feel vulnerable and I do
feel scared every day, but that’s why I’m in the Bloc. When you’re a queer person
or a disabled person or a person of color, you don’t get to really
step back and say, I don’t want to be
politically active, because your life and your existence
is constantly in dispute. To suit up in Bloc and go out
there with your comrades, provides me a feeling of safety
that I wouldn’t otherwise have. When we appear in the streets, we’re trying to stop these
people from having proud marches where they can recruit and say it’s safe to be a fascist. And we want to go out and say, “no! you can’t do this.”
We’re going to fight back. We can make America great again! Antifa knew before the Trump
rally in Philadelphia, that it was not
just a Trump rally. That American Vanguard who
desecrated a Holocaust Memorial with anti-semitic messages, we’re going to be there,
with weighted motorcycle gloves, trying to beat people up. Anti-fascist. Anti-Anti-Capitalista-A! Anti-Anti-Capitalista! One common tactic that you’ll
see being used is we will have people who are
actually at home that are coordinating
with the action. And they’ll be checking Twitter and
whatever other news sources that they can find, in order to be
communicating information to us via encrypted messaging. It’s important that we don’t give
the state a monopoly on violence. The police are part of the
executive branch. The police serve Trump,
who’s a fascist. Police violence is no more justified
than anti-fascist violence. Who do you represent?
Who do you serve? Who do you protect?
Who do you serve? Two common tactics
employed by cops are snatching individual people
and stragglers, and then kettling or, like,
surrounding the whole group. Cops will kettle protestors, and then arrest them for
failing to disperse. Don’t do it! Always be looking for side streets.
Always be looking for exits. Always make sure you stay moving. Stop them! Stop them! Spread out! Spread out!Keep moving back!Keep moving! Stick together!You’ll hear people shouting,
tighten up, all the time, and that means that you have to stay
together as one cohesive body. The most violent people at any
protest are the police. -Back off! Back off!
-Back the fuck off! Get back! The police are the ones
that are with batons, beating people up,
throwing them to the ground, pepper-spraying them. I’ve gone home with bruises. I’ve had friends go home
with broken arms, dislodged eyeballs, brain trauma. A non-violent
resistance really works when it can leverage the
public opinion to pressure oppressive
regimes or leaders to change what they’re doing. The question is when it’s fascism, when there is no room for public
opinion to influence the decisions made by government, made by leaders, is that a viable option? Almost all people agree with
violence at some point. Why do you support the violence
of American soldiers and American police, and not the
violence of American citizens to stop Nazis? I actually personally really,
really dislike violence. I’m not comfortable with it at all,
as I don’t think anyone should be. So for me, it’s about
minimizing violence. So if that means
occasionally being violent against the people
perpetrating violence, I accept that. It’s… Pepe’s become
kind of a symbol… Richard Spencer, who coined
the term alt-right, and whose website publishes articles
calling for genocide, after an Antifa protestor
punched him in the face, there’s videos of him talking about
how he’s afraid to go out, and they might need to get security, and they don’t know if
they can afford it, and how if they can’t have a
public movement, they can’t win. We need to take very
seriously the notion that anti-fascists aren’t just
going to scream at us, they’re going to
physically attack us. And that’s the point. If we go out and punch
Nazis in the face, they won’t appear in public. And like they themselves admit,
they can’t win. Punch a Nazi in the face! This has been going on for a long
time with… Antifa. They’ve been terrorizing people, intimidating people, and when they can get away with it, violently attacking people. These are felons. This is terroristic. This is fascistic. Fascists aren’t people who
shut down speech. Fascists are people who want
to commit genocide and ethnic cleansing. Fascists are people who are willing
to scapegoat marginalized groups, and destroy their lives,
and their health and safety, in order to accomplish
political goals. That’s a fascist. Antifa are not fascists. We’re fighting against
people that have been walking into black churches and killing people. That’s violent. That’s what the real violence is. And so, to fight against that, is… doesn’t seem violent to me. That seems like meeting people
where we’re at to defend ourselves. When the tragedy in
Charlottesville occurred, when Heather Heyer was murdered, the mainstream media acted like
the presence of hundreds of armed Neo-Nazis was a
huge surprise. But for those anti-fascists who’ve
been monitoring the far right, were well-aware of what
this danger was. Charlottesville was a really
important turning point, because it was the first time that there was no choice but for the
media to show what was happening in a way that made the
public understand who we are as anti-fascists. We have replaced you! They saved our lives, actually. We would have been completely
crushed like cockroaches if it would not for the
anarchists and anti-fascists. Because the police have pulled back, and just allowing fellow citizens to go at each other. There was at least about a
week in America where anti-fascists were considered
to be people that you could respect. A lot of my friends are involved in
the same type of activism. And so, I don’t have to
hide it from them. But from my family, absolutely. I can’t get into the details
of what I’m doing, and I do lead a double life. It makes it hard to stay close to
people in your life, because there are so many
things that I do that I can’t tell people about. “Where were you last week?”
I can’t share that information. It means that you end up
forced into situations, where you can’t always be
honest with people. Fuck white supremacy!
Fuck white supremacy! My community is other
anti-fascist people. These are the people who
help me through some of my toughest struggles. And so, I’m able to feel
like I have a family. There’s a feeling of obligation and doing what’s necessary, in order to make the world little
less of a scary place. After we got the Trump
march shut down, they haven’t come back
into Philadelphia. This works. The Trump election has invigorated and empowered white
supremacists and Neo-Nazis, but it’s also invigorated
and empowered the left. We are on the cusp of some change. And what change that is, depends on
who gets involved and who organizes. We are the people!
The mighty, mighty people! The mighty, mighty people!

Comments (69)

  1. Since the 2016 presidential election, Antifa (short for "anti-fascist") has become a staple at right-wing rallies. The faceless, leaderless group stretches across North America and Europe — and they aren't afraid to incite violence.

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  2. All mentally ill they have no clue what damn bathroom to use.

  3. These folks are the definition of fascist!

  4. Why don't people just debate anymore? Violence never solves anything. Just talk please. America became a great country on the belief of Talking to solve differences and Problems.

  5. Jesus, what a bunch of spoiled white kids. Literally everyone of them was a spoiled, probably well off, white kid. So embarrasing

  6. In a nutshell… these left wing extremists should all be rounded up and jailed for life….they terrorise communities buy their thuggish actions and then expect public support…just look at their gang like behaviour and destruction of public and private property as well as violent physical attacks…. jail ANTIFA.. the sooner they are labelled as a terrorist organisation the better.

  7. They are young kids!!

  8. That's cute, they don't know the difference between fascists and the bourgeoisie. They do know that they fund capitalism when they buy their clothes and weapons, right? 😆

  9. Keeping people out of danger by destroying cities. Nice ✔️🤡

  10. Fascists have no room in the united states. Freedom of speech protects nazis from the government. Not from fists.

  11. Antifa hasn't killed anyone. Antifa hasn't committed any mass acts of violence that's all from the ideology they're fighting.

  12. What a bunch of chicken shits. Why are they afraid to show there faces? I'm not for any nazis, but I am for there right to free speech. Just because you weak as millinials can't handle anything offensive doesn't mean you take away peoples constitutional rights. I don't think being gay is ok but I'm smart enough to know if you take freedom away from one eventually everyone's going to loose it.

  13. Claims to be antifascist. Actively tries to silent the opposition from free speech with violence just like fascists. Both sides should just be thrown in a hole and forgotten about.

  14. This people are heros.
    Anti-fa ❤️✊

  15. 9:50
    Antifa: Fascists are not people who want to take away free speech, Fascists are people who want to scapegoat marginalized groups and ruin their lives and destroy their heath and safety in order to accomplish political goals.
    Antifa: Beats Up People who disagree with them
    Antifa: Why would facisim do this?

  16. Antifa is the biggest oxymoron ever.

  17. Antifa are fascists. Using violence to suppress another political views.

    They are the evil they wish to eliminate.

    They even look like Nazi's funny considering Nazi stands for national socialist.

  18. These guys are some of the dumbest humans alive. They are fighting for something they are against lol. The irony of it all is complete retardation

  19. Start ganging up on people beating them with sticks
    Good way to get shot dumb ass

  20. why do americans have to ruin everything????

  21. These insane hard left people are just plain stupid they say that 8:17 we should support violence for citizens because military and police have it is just stupid because incase far-left people will turn right back around when far-right people use violence with guns and say it's not ok but they wanted the violence lmao and they say they don't use violence as someone punches someone and throws motives and breaks windows its all just a bunch of libtard country destroyers. God bless America and the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed. MAGA

  22. Now I know why they wear diapers across their face, because every time they open their mouths, shit comes out.

  23. Lol good disguises guys…too bad the government knows exactly who you are with the info you just provided. Black bloc is a great idea and movement in it's power and tactics… (Germany and France showing it best). Antifa is kind of ruining it all. Im all for ANTIFA in theory…however the loudest knuckleheads on the right and left always get the story… interviewing in black bloc garb is a contradiction to the original mentality and ethereal nature which was supposed to be a pillar of the organization

  24. I believe that white supremacists would not dare to show up on the street because of Black Bloc. We, the public, would not dare confront or respond to violence. We tend to stand back and watch

  25. I don’t like violence but to me black bloc is trying to prove something. Naziz and white supremacy needs to be put down I’m sorry put nobody sees the American government stoping it . In a way people could say that they encourage it

  26. I love America but everything is getting so weird that ima just head back to Colombia 😂

  27. At 7:25 he totally explained everything that they do. These are thugs and your a boy don’t get confused!

  28. Naw but for real? This is what it has come to?

  29. If Trump were a ' Fascist ' you and your band of black hoods would be executed in the steets via the fascist police . There may or may not be ' nazi's i dont know , but i can tell you this , regular Americans are tired of your bs . I do have to ask though , is your group drug users ? If you really believed in your cause you wouldn't hide your faces , if your believed in your cause you would know that violence only begats more violence and at some point , he who holds the bigger stick usually wins, metaphorically speaking. I think you people are and have been manipulated like pawns by people with a bigger agenda than your own , but hey dont feel to bad this sort of thing has been happening for a long,long time . Instead of 'Antifa' how about the lollipop kids' because its obvious you people are SUCKERS".

  30. You are a domestic terrorist org! You have to ask why the police are violent? Yall think you are judge, jury, executioner. In reality you're just insecure mamas babies who weren't breast fed and needs to learn some manners.

  31. The amount of hypocrisy in this vid

  32. 0:17 we are not going to allow you to practice your rights…. Antifa rabble!

  33. 4:21 what a fucked up it! I don't know it it's a man or woman or what the fuck it is. looks like a dude. mental disease right here!

  34. you can usually tell who the good guys are…They're the ones that don't dress like terrorists or have to wear masks.

  35. “Remember, keep the hostages safe!”

  36. Those mut*FUCKERS should be declared terrorists and THEY are the nazi's and racists.

  37. After watching this, I now know what the meaning of talking out of both sides of your mouth is.

  38. Good ol' communist and facist fighting out while the rest of the world and the USA watch and do nothing

  39. bruh. y’all don’t scare the nazis you scare the bystanders you just make the nazis angrier

  40. Police are there to protect you and the other guys they would rather not arrest y’all.

  41. We hide pur identity so people camt find our jobs…but its cool if they do it. We fight Nazis. Okay but anyone with an opposing view is a Nazi. Stomping pn peoples first amendment right to free speech is a facist tactic. People praised the Nazi socialist party until oops! They were killimg jews and even. just like these idiot left media are protecting this fucking profa idiots. Profa pro facist.
    We use violence. No shit. Ive beem called a supporter of white supremacy by idiots supporting these morons. I'm a salvadoran adopted immigrsnt lol
    These people are a joke. Fuck antifa and anyone who is as hypocritical as these GUYS

  42. Nazi’s aren’t afraid of them little dorky skinny homos!! These kids are losers!! All of them live in mommy’s basement!

  43. Leftist media want us to thing Antifa are heroes fighting Nazis and racist but a lie 80% of the time Antifa are not attack Nazis but anybody who don't agree with the bully bullshit , Antifa will attack women , Jews , blacks , old people gays , who don't fell in line , they bully people they will attack anybody , a lot of the leftist media will hid the true about the attack on innoccent people , Antifa will attack people in wheelchairs , coward with mask on , No better they Nazis ,,

  44. Communist have killed millions of people all over the world it always starts LIKE THIS! Give them the power and they would gladly kill anyone they don't like. THEY ARE NOT NON VIOLENT.
    They just call anyone a fascist and that gives them the right. Please declare these people enemies of freedom.and have them arrested! They keep saying "apposing the far right" as if that is a reality. These people victimize anyone who is not a communists. It's not organic. They are bought and paid for. "Go out with comrades" they are not fighting back they are anarchists designed to destroy unity and cohesion. I can't wait to see them prosecuted! They are going after organic farmers now. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pqdaGKS3V68

  45. SO PEOPLE WHO WERE BULLIED FORMED A GANG,…..SO WHAT?

  46. THEIR ANGLE IS SO SKEWED THAT SOMEONE WILL HAVE PUT THEM DOWN ONE DAY TOO

  47. Make america great to dead again

  48. Gangstalking is not what you think it is. Here is your story of the century. Enjoy. Yes its real. https://youtu.be/NJnOsuBZZ9U

  49. The young lady has beautiful eyes.

  50. antifa is just a bunch of idiotic kids. They are fascists in their own rites.. Just kids that have nothing better to do.. MAGA

  51. It looked like this may be an honest job of showing who these terrorists are, and then they just let the 3 snowflakes whinge on and on.

  52. I have done marches, protested and supported my fellow man in many ways , I am very vocal about expressing my opinions in a NONVIOLENT way . I am a person who studies and consider themselves an anarchist. These children who think for one second they are an anarchist have never read a book about it , talked to one or even put a seconds thought into it out side of claiming to be one . I have been to rallies to voice my opinion , which is my right and have been attacked by antifa with no provoke or even words said to each other. I have videos to prove this and am going to court against the 7 people who attacked me for no more reason then my red white and blue shirt and after the final day at court I am releasing the video to show everyone how ignorant and fascist antifa really is . You cowards hide behind a mask an hood for fear that a person might recognize you, you are afraid simply because you don’t truly believe in what you preach and you feel safe in your big numbers like a mini sad little army of toddlers throwing fits . My friends and I have stood toe to toe showing our faces because we are proud to fight and we don’t care who sees . We fight for self defense and against corruption , you fight to invoke fear and become the very thing you claim to not be . I pity and weep for individuals like you because your thoughts of right and wrong we definitely warped, be it because of childhood or people you call friends . I truly hope every single one of you wake up one day and realize people like you are the reason fear and violence still have a place in this world , I hope you all change for the better and I wish you no ill will but you are cowardly toddlers who have never accomplished anything by doing it the right way so you throw your tantrums.

  53. These people are using facists as a scapcoat to beat up people instead of being peacefull to swade publick to them instead of using violence

  54. They're a terrorist group hang them all

  55. These masked people weirdos are the Fall of all humanity. Garbage I wish their parents got abortions. Shame on you vice to give them a platform that lifts them up. You made it sound as if they do no wrong.

  56. anti does not always mean in opposition of. it sometimes can also mean, in place of, a person or thing. So antifa is 'in place of' fascists. The name makes total sense now.

  57. These were pussies.. Thank God, we still not meet each other or they will know fear..

  58. Whoever Antifa that were watching this and reading this comment. We will take you house to house.
    Assaulting people and causing damage to property is unacceptable. The more you resist that more we will experiment on you

  59. Anti fascists… Are pretty much dressed like fascists… Very intolerant of other ideas and try to crush those who don't agree. With them by force…

    Wait who's the fuckin fascists here?

  60. Conservatives = Nazis/terrorists Antifa (A Literal Terrorist Organization)= Good Guys wtf is the world we live in.

  61. Every political extremist i've spoken to or heard speak is really pretentious. Most of them have nothing better to do than be upset at the world.

  62. We will use violence against Nazis and police if necessary, but hopefully they won't push us that far

  63. You need marines to take them down

  64. Nazis aren't logical, but no one is exempt from fear. Fear is a basic human emotion we have from birth and it can be used as a powerful weapon

  65. These kids need to start getting laid.

  66. From what I've seen any so called racists marches were mostly in response to the flag burning , speech interupting and cursing/harassment of anyone wearing a MAGA clothing and or hat. Calling anyone wearing such, racist or facist simply for having on an article of clothing. You folks are not the harmless outcasts everyone made fun of in school anymore , you all are not only hypocrites , but dillusional . You have a hard time with figuring out reality probably from the hormones being injected because you don't know if you won't to change gender.

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