The front of the leaflet.
This is an updated and improved version of the “Why wear masks at protest?” flyer. This new version has four 5.5″ X 4.25″ double-sided leaflets on one 8X11 Letter size page. Print out the PDF and make double-sided copies, then cut them out to distribute at protests, actions, etc. The text of the leaflet is printed below.
To download the PDF leaflet: Why Wear Masks Leaflet.
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Illustration by Luciano Cunha.
By Esther Solano Gallego,ROAR magazine, June 23, 2014
Despised by many, hailed by some: the Black Bloc in Brazil uses its “performative violence” to draw attention to the everyday struggles of millions.
It was in the first weeks of the massive anti-government protests that started in June 2013 and shook Brazilian society to its very foundations that the Black Bloc made its first appearance on the protest scene. Demonstrations took place in dozens of cities across the country, but the black-clad youngsters who covered their faces and linked arms at the front-line of the marches, ready for any confrontation with the security forces, made their appearance mainly on the streets of São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. Continue Reading »
Social unrest over police actions, poverty and corruption have grown Black Bloc ranks
Brazil, June 20, 2013, protests. Demonstrators in Niteroi, near Rio de Janeiro, overturn a bus during protests. Clashes with police continued even as bus fare hikes were rolled back in two cities after protests.
By Bradley Brooks, The Associated Press, October 23, 2013
When a tear-gas canister rattled around at Andrea Coelho’s feet, a masked young man picked it up and tossed it back at police. Right there, the kindergarten teacher decided she backed him and his fellow Black Bloc anarchists. Continue Reading »