The Black Bloc: Inside America’s Hard Left



fear is a part of our tactics you do want Nazis to be afraid to organize in public it's our job to go out there and say no we're not going to allow you to spread these ideas politically I'm an anti-communist and I'm an anti-fascist and and right now I'm focusing a lot on that anti-fascism so what i'm doing here is mixing half part water and half part liquid antacid it makes something called law or liquid and acid in water you use it in response to pepper spray we get a lot of accusations that we're doing this for kicks that we're doing this because we're violent teens who just want to see violence happen I consider myself to be someone who's very fed up with seeing protests that accomplish nothing I did a lot of marching and holding signs and yelling in the street and getting permits and it didn't really feel like I was doing enough I was aware that you know obviously there's plenty of racists in the country but I didn't realize that they were organized and political and actively out to cause violence seeing the state of the world and seeing the news and seeing what's going on seeing how much danger people were in made me want to get involved the term antiva is short for anti-fascist and as many people know anti-fascism dates back to fascism so we can see anti-fascist battling Mussolini's black shirts in Italy standing up to Hitler's Nazis and today a lot of anti-fascist draw from the European tradition and really it's at the front lines of physically confronting fascist and white supremacists organizing in the United States today there is no one organization called the black bloc it's dozens hundreds thousands of autonomous organizations all across the country and all across the world black bloc or block is just what we wear it's entirely black simple non-identifying clothing you don't want to get identified by Nazis they're gonna try and show up to your house try and contact your employer be you up on the street if they get the chance so it's important they can't find out who you are but it's also an important that if you're doing something illegal if you're trying to punch a Nazi then you don't want police to be able to identify you and you don't want police to be able to tell you apart antifa really exploded into the headlines in response to the disruption of the Milo innopolis event back at UC Berkeley in February where masked antifa broke windows and graded enough a disruption for the university to cancel the event this created a lot of debates around different tactics for opposing the far-right in questions around free speech street violence is actually one of the last resorts for anti-fascists the first line of defense is just finding out who the local Nazis are people will post online with Nazi flags and post about the marginalised groups they want to kill and when we find those posts we save them we send them to employers finding ways to disrupt their organizing online pack them down and figure out where they live and try and make sure that they don't feel comfortable there has been an increase in neo-nazi organizing since the Trump campaign started and they've absolutely been more active the Jeremy Christian killings the killings in Charlottesville those are not the acts of individual people those are the acts of a political movement personally I'm Jewish I'm a trans woman and I'm queer and those are related knowing we have someone in the White House who calls white supremacists aside that has some good people is really frightening I do feel vulnerable and I do feel scared every day but that's why I'm in the bloc when you are a queer person or a disabled person or a person of color you don't get to really step back and say I don't want to be politically active because your life and your existence is constantly in dispute to suit up in block and go out there with your comrades provides me a feeling of safety that I wouldn't otherwise have when we appear in the streets we're trying to stop these people from having proud marches where they can recruit and say it's safe to be a fascist and we want to go out and say no you can't do this we're going to fight back and Tifa knew before the Trump rally in Philadelphia that it was not just a trump rally that American Vanguard who desecrated a holocaust memorial with anti-semitic messages we're going to be there with waited motorcycle gloves trying to beat people up one common tactic that you'll see being used is we will have people who are actually at home that are coordinating with the action and they'll be checking Twitter and whatever other news sources that they can find in order to be communicating information to us via encrypted messaging it's important that we don't give the state a monopoly on violence the police are part of the executive branch the police serve Trump who's a fascist police violence is no more justified than anti-fascist violence two common tactics employed by cops are snatching individual people and stragglers and then pedaling are like surrounding the whole group cops will peddle protesters and then arrest them for failing to disperse always be looking for side streets always be looking for exits always make sure you stay moving you'll hear people shouting tighten up all the time and that means that you have to stay together as one cohesive body the most violent people attending protests are the police the police are the ones there with batons beating people up throwing them to the ground pepper spraying them I have gone home with bruises I've had friends go home with broken arms dislodged eyeballs brain trauma a nonviolent resistance really works when it can leverage the public opinion to pressure oppressive regimes or leaders to change what they're doing the question is when it's fascism when there is no room for public opinion to influence the decisions made by government made by leaders is that a viable option almost all people agree with violence at some point why do you support the violence of American soldiers and American police and not the violence of American citizens to stop Nazis I actually personally really really dislike violence I'm not comfortable with it at all as I don't think anyone should be so for me it's about minimizing violence so if that means occasionally being violent against the people perpetrating violence I accept that Richard Spencer who coined the term alright and whose website publishes articles calling for genocide after an aunty approached Esther punched him in the face there's videos of him talking about how he's afraid to go out and they might need to get security and they don't know if they can afford it and how if they can't have a public movement they can't win we need to take very seriously the notion that anti-fascists aren't just gonna scream at us they're gonna physically attack us and that's the point if we go out and punch Nazis in the face they won't appear in public and like they themselves admit they can't win this has been going on for a long time with a visa they've been t4 they've been terrorizing people intimidating people and when they can get away with it violently attacking people these are felons this is terroristic this is fascistic fascists aren't people who shut down speech fascists are people who want to commit genocide and ethnic cleansing fascists are people who are willing to scapegoat marginalized groups and destroy their lives and their health and safety in order to accomplish political goals that's a fascist and Tifa are not fascists we're we're fighting against people that have been walking into black churches and killing people that's violent that's what the real violence is and so to fight against that is doesn't seem violent to me that seems like meeting people where we're at to defend ourselves when the tragedy in Charlottesville occurred when Heather hire was murdered the mainstream media acted like the presence of hundreds of armed neo-nazis was a huge surprise but for those anti-fascist who have been monitoring the far-right were well aware of what this danger was Charlotte's Ville was a really important turning point because it was the first time that there was no choice but for the media to show what was happening in a way that made the public understand who we are as anti-fascists they saved our lives actually we would have been completely crushed like cockroaches if it were not for the anarchists and anti-fascists because the police had pulled back and just allowing fellow citizens to go at each other there was at least about a week in America where anti-fascists were considered to be people that you could respect a lot of my friends are involved in the same type of activism and so I don't have to hide it from them but from my family absolutely I can't get into the details of what I'm doing and I do the double life it makes it hard to stay close to people in your life because there's so many things that I do that I can't tell people about where were you last week I can't share that information it means that you end up forced into situations where you can't always be honest with people [Applause] my community is other anti-fascists people these are the people who helped me through some of my toughest struggles and so I am able to feel like I have family there's a feeling of obligation and doing what's necessary in order to make the world's a little less of a scary place after we got the Trump March shut down they haven't come back into Philadelphia this works the Trump election has invigorated and empowered white supremacists and neo-nazis but it's also invigorated and empowered the left we're on the cusp of some change and what change that is depends on who gets involved and who organizes [Applause]

29 Comments

  1. VICE said:

    Since the 2016 presidential election, Antifa (short for "anti-fascist") has become a staple at right-wing rallies. The faceless, leaderless group stretches across North America and Europe — and they aren't afraid to incite violence.

    WATCH NEXT: Inside America’s Largest Right Wing Militia – http://bit.ly/2glqlan

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  2. Sarah Seabrook said:

    They look like a bunch of Isis fighters

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  3. Flip More said:

    When the average citizen can beat you senseless.

    June 1, 2019
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  4. AIVD said:

    When you have to cover your face for the police and cant tell your family what you're doing, you know you're doing something wrong.

    June 1, 2019
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  5. fiilthy said:

    I always like to come back and laugh at these clowns. always good for a laugh.

    June 1, 2019
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  6. The Prestigious said:

    You can’t just call someone a Nazi and use it as justification to physically harm them. Antifa better be careful. One of them just might get shot in self defense.

    June 1, 2019
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  7. Aton Mars said:

    antifa is human trash supported by marxist g.o.s. they must be removed by force.

    June 1, 2019
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  8. Ryan Elbers said:

    Show your faces little freak cowards. And get a f'ing job.

    June 1, 2019
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  9. Ryan Elbers said:

    nICE JACKET

    June 1, 2019
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  10. Bas Goudkamp said:

    "Hard"

    June 1, 2019
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  11. Rhett Heidler said:

    >U LIKE MIGRANT RAPISTS NOW OR ME HIT U WITH BAT
    tfw this is antifa's grand strategy

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  12. STOP/RESET said:

    Literally every person that worked on this video in an attempt to normalize and make cool far-left violence, will receive what they deserve.

    June 1, 2019
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  13. Adam Smythe said:

    Trustafarians acting out revolutionary fantasies, a diversionary path for young people, totally controlled, infiltrated. Police give them space to let off steam, avoid arrests. Totally plastic, faux dissidents. Leading consumer units by day, ballied up hooligan 3 times a year. Following unknown manager's & leaders that keep the tradition going to collect useful idiots & give the media a show of PC dissidents, present the acceptable image of radical dissidents. Tommy Robinson? Not acceptable. Grass roots, non PC, real dissent not acceptable. Then they even turn the useful idiots like Black Cock onto the real dissidents. Blac Block & Antifa = same useful idiots. Middle class students, professors, Labour Party firm.

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  14. Jerry Mane said:

    Why dont the gang of kids who all dress in black and hide their face go over to Gaza and help them stop the murder and violence that Isreal is doing to children and women ? These kids have been lied to and brainwashed by someone ,they make no sense and contradict themselves and each other.

    June 1, 2019
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  15. Teresa Wright said:

    This is Proof that Gangstalking exists and the far right Nazis are the Gang Stalker's.

    Where I live in England the far right are Murdering the homeless people by burning them up in tents in Brighton.

    June 1, 2019
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  16. Šimon Štrba said:

    Make the world little less of a scary place??

    You are doing quite the opposite though.

    VICE is so pro-left.

    June 1, 2019
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  17. Duda Andrade said:

    Sick bastards

    June 1, 2019
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  18. Dirk Scholten said:

    They're all misfits, they are either homeless, addicted to drugs and/or alcohol,cant get girlfriends, transgenders, mentally ill , failed students etc. etc. . They are angry and frustrated becouse of that and found a group of the same people so now they dont feel so alone and try to destroy normal people by calling everyone who doesnt aree with them " nazi's". According to them every Trump voter is a nazi, but tens of millions of gay's, Latino's, African American's , Jews ,Asians etc. etc. voted for and support Trump so in their eyes they are nazi's too!

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  19. Dirk Scholten said:

    These idiots are the fascists! They fight for the working class yet dont work themselves, hypocrits!

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  20. Kari Karppinen said:

    This is bullshit documentary. It is trying to portray antifa as some cool organisation that just tries to stop fascism. They falsefully accuse people, ruin their lives on Twitter based on assumptions and hates everyone center to right.

    June 1, 2019
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  21. David Navarro said:

    More dislikes than likes.

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  22. Kaylogkrunxh said:

    Why are they all so skinny? All I see is layers

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  23. Captain Of A Starship said:

    Only problem is they do it on behalf of groups like feminism otherwise, I like em.

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  24. Saucy Philosophy said:

    😂😂😂wtf

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  25. Luis Garcia said:

    Why does everyone in antifa weigh less than 100lbs and only like to start fights in groups?

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  26. Matthias Konold said:

    Stay strong , american comrades !

    June 1, 2019
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  27. dankyjoker said:

    All of the worst people, only 13 mins. Good work.

    June 1, 2019
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  28. Phil Meop said:

    I lead a double life on the weekdays I suck big huge cock on the weekends I throw rocks.

    June 1, 2019
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  29. Phil Meop said:

    It only took you guys a week to make everybody not respect you is that what you're saying. Your actions made everybody realize how much more harmful you are than anyone else

    June 1, 2019
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