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PDF Leaflet: Why Wear Masks at Protests?

The front of the leaflet.

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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The story of the unsung heroes: Black Bloc Brazil

Illustration by Luciano Cunha.

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 »

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Video: Resistance to eviction of Rote Flora, Hamburg Dec 21, 2013

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Hamburg, Germany: Resistance to eviction of Rote Flora

Germany Hamburg roteflora masks 2Hamburg, Dec 21, 2013–Over 8,000 protesters have clashed with riot police as they protested against the planned eviction of squatters from a popular social centre, and against the eviction of hundreds of Syrian refugees from their homes. The largely peaceful protest erupted following a baton charge, and use of teargas, and water cannons by the police. The protesters responded by building barricades, throwing stones, fireworks, and bottles. It is reported that over 500 people has been injured, and around 150 arrests made. Continue Reading »

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Support for anarchists rising

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.

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 »

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Egypt, Brazil, Turkey: without politics, protest is at the mercy of the elites

From Egypt to Brazil, street action is driving change, but organisation is essential if it’s not to be hijacked or disarmed

An Egyptian Army armoured personnel carrier burns during clashes in January 2013.

An Egyptian Army armoured personnel carrier burns during clashes in January 2013.

Seumas Milne, The Guardian, Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Two years after the Arab uprisings fuelled a wave of protests and occupations across the world, mass demonstrations have returned to their crucible in Egypt. Just as millions braved brutal repression in 2011 to topple the western-backed dictator Hosni Mubarak, millions have now taken to the streets of Egyptian cities to demand the ousting of the country’s first freely elected president, Mohamed Morsi. Continue Reading »

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Chilean protesters in street battles with police

More than 100,000 join demonstrations as students seize 30 polling stations to be used for presidential vote on Sunday

Militants in Chile attack police armoured car during mass student protests, June 2013.

Militants in Chile attack police armoured car during mass student protests, June 2013.

Jonathan Franklin, The Guardian, Thursday 27 June 2013

Hooded protesters have vandalised shops and fought running street battles with riot police in Chile’s capital after more than 100,000 joined mostly peaceful demonstrations across the country to demand education reform. Continue Reading »