Archive for April 2011

Anarchism, Political Violence, and the London “March for the Alternative.”

April 2, 2011

“Anarchists on the rampage in London.”[1]

“Anarchists Siege England.”[2]

“Anarchists wreak absolute havoc in London.”[3]

“Riotous Anarchist Freeloaders Hijack and Rampage London.”[4]

“Anarchists Crash London Protest.”[5]

“Anarchists hijack London Protest.”[6]

“Anarchists Taint Peaceful Union Protest…”[7]

It is unwise to assume that the acts of destruction which elicited the opprobrium above were committed by anarchists. While such violence does find favor with some in the movement, quite often the perpetrators are law enforcement or intelligence agents masquerading as revolutionaries. During the uprising in Greece, several acts of violence were committed by police dressed in anarchist black. A video surfaced in which they were seen and heard planning the deception. When it aired on national television, the charges against the falsely accused were dropped. In Italy, a letter-bombing campaign was attributed to anarchists when an alleged splinter group, Federazione Anarchica Informale, claimed responsibility. The body from which the former insists it split, the Federazione Anarchica Italiana, denied that a schism had occurred and denounced the bombings. What followed is a point of much contention, but there are rumors that the case was quashed when the investigation began to trail back to the government. True or not, the affair has mysteriously vanished from the headlines and the police now glumly report that they don’t know who was responsible for the bombs.[8] (more…)