I wrote this a long time ago. Still think it’s worth talking about
The heads of the G20 nations are meeting in Toronto right now. For the last two days, there’s been a spectacle of protest and reaction on the streets of Toronto.
Yesterday, as the G8 joined the rest of the G20, the (I think) Canadian Federation of Labor and other respectable civil-society groups staged a large peaceful march/protest of around 30,000. During the afternoon, about 300 black-clad figures broke out from the group and started smashing storefronts, etc. The march devolved into bands of thousands of protestors/onlookers roaming around Toronto or being surrounded by police, with the Black Block among some groups, merrily going about their property destruction and then changing clothes and melting into the crowd.
Different narratives/storylines I’m hearing about the whole thing:
- “This peaceful protest was hijacked by a reckless few. Now the peaceful many can’t get their message out”
- “Way to create a backlash against the left and against the change you seek, morons.”
- “Many of the black block were probably police provacatours. Police forces around the world have admitted that they do this at g20-like protests”
- “The police are pushing the story about a few vandals to cover for their illegal and brutal arrests and beatings of the peaceful majority”
I just don’t understand. The vandals/black block or whatever. What are the series of plausible steps they believe can result from their actions? What is their plan?