Black Bloc


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Black Bloc

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Black Block

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(Government, Politics & Diplomacy) an informal grouping of militant, mainly anarchist, protesters who act together during anti-capitalism, anti-war, etc, protests, often wearing black hoods and black clothing
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During Friday's protests, clashes broke out after dozens of masked men in black, likely members of the riotous Black Bloc, set fire to a bus belonging to the Islamists, leaving at least 115 injured.
A few months ago, a group calling itself Egypt's 'Black Bloc' disrupted the Cairo Metro service and blocked main roads on several occasions.
A new group, the so-called Black Bloc anarchists, men and women who wore facemasks and black clothing, added to the folklore.
Opposition politicians said Italy's secret service had warned well ahead of time that anarchists and other radicals from the so-called "black bloc" movement were targeting a demonstration by tens of thousands of "indignant" protesters.
SOME MARXISTS seem to be under the impression that if it weren't for the Black Bloc, the corporate media would have trumpeted protesters' anti-capitalist message to the public, which, inspired by the party line, would have then organized itself into a union-led mass movement and shortly overthrown the system in a revolutionary general strike.
Hebden Bridge four-piece The Black Bloc are buzzing from the festival circuit.
But the huge hype surrounding the gig made it a prime target for anarchist thugs, including the notorious Black Bloc group who are the main suspects.
The guide, called Bodyhammer, has been aimed at notorious protest groups such as the Black Bloc and the Wombles - the White Overalls Movement Building Libertarian Effective Struggles.
What results is Get Rid of Yourself, an hourlong cine-tract-cum-documentary centering on the experiences and reflections of the so-called Black Bloc. Originating in Germany in the 1980s, the Black Bloc have become a bogeyman of globalization protest culture--an umbrella name for the black-clad anarchists who temporarily, and anonymously, convene in places like Genoa.
In reconstructing Giuliani's final hours, director Francesca Comencini ("Zeno," "Annabelle Partagee") presents a wrenching comparison between violence--perpetrated by the police as well as the masked Black Bloc group--and thousands of protesters' peaceful will to be heard.
While violence generated by the radical "black bloc" dominated initial headlines during the G-8 summit in Genoa, it is now Italy's men in blue who find themselves at the center of criminal investigations and political debate.
We weren't near the perimeter fence, and we weren't involved in black bloc activities (more aggressive actions by groups of reactionary, militant protesters which form spontaneously at demonstrations).