Mayday In New York City - A Black Bloc Report
NYC MAYDAY---NYC BLACK BLOC
by gunga din 4:18pm Tue May 2 '00
It's nice to know the state fears the Black Bloc with such paranoa and mistrust. They fear us.
At 1pm in Union Square on Mayday a Black Bloc had started to group. Many of them had masks on and some had flags. A legal observer told some of them that they could be arrested for wearing masks, and if they wrote something political on the masks they wouldn't. I was told later a legal observer came up and told some of them that writing something on the masks wouldn't help either.
Some of the Black Bloc started taking off their masks. Police rounded up about twenty of them, masks or no masks, and arrested them. This was a legal protest. They Black Bloc were standing, talking. They had just started to group up.
This is bigotry. This is harrasment. The police targeted the Black Bloc as a threat. The Black Bloc is a political movement. I know personally that non of these kids wanted to get arrested, and many of them didn't want to even risk it.
I know of no conherent coverage of the Mayday celebration in NYC. I saw Fox News interview someone, and we know they are only interested in entertainment news. So I will tell you. The parade was out numbered at times 10 to 1. By the police. Two helicopters. A police boat. Mounted police. Skooter police. Motorcycle police. Trucks, cars, buses, other large metal objects on wheels.
At times it seemed we were walking on the side walk watching a police parade. People not from NYC need to understand. We have 40,000 police officers. An army of undercovers. And they don't bother with non lethal combat here. They know they can get away with murder. They blocked off anything in the city they thought could possibly be a target.
Wall Street was shut down, by the police. Large groups of police in riot gear were seen miles from any protest all over the city. Milling about like lost children. The crowds of police would stretch as far as the eye could see, block after block. The Amnesty for Undocumented Workers march went from Union Square to City Hall. I don't know how many people. Thousands.
They police walk along us pushing us to the side keeping us in the bus lane. Also searching backpacks and taking any flag pole in the parade that wasn't made of card board. My flags lasted a handful of minutes.
At one point they noticed a girl dresses all in black. They yanked her out of the crowd, she was not wearing a mask. Her friend ran up, asking them why they were arresting her. They promptly arrested him. Quote: "Lets take him too." This caused a brief yelling match. And then the march moved on. Those two were added to the list of Black Bloc arrested for being in the Black Bloc. This is an old way of dealing with anarchists. Wiping the constitution with their asses, and arresting them for being anarchists.
Later Reclaim the Streets marched around the Wall Street area under looks of peevish disgust and uncomfortable bowel movement sneers from the many robots working there today. RTS later hung a banner from one of the bridges and raided an empty lot. Guerrilla gardening it was called. Planted things. Hung up stuff. It was fun. The police came and almost arrested all of us.
I arrived late to the Black Bloc. So now I know not what to do. They arrested my friends. Threw them in jail for being open minded and political. For wanting change and freedom from police brutality and fascism. For wanting true democracy and rights for everyone. For wanting to open peoples minds to unjustice.
Fuck this police state!