Meet the Accused Black Bloc Protesters

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Dante Cano
San Francisco police arrested 20 people on Saturday, 11 men and nine women who they say are self-described members of the notorious Black Bloc street gang, known for impromptu protests and vandalism. SFPD released the mugshots of all accused protesters who were arrested after allegedly tossing bags of rocks, projectiles, and flares at police as they tried to dismantle the demonstration.

Police say many of these faces are familiar and might be the same group responsible for the chaotic protest in the Mission District last month. During that demonstration, protesters painted the word "killers" across the front of the Mission Police Station.

So here they are:

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Bryan Mitchell
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Andrea Abi-Karim
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lmnop
lmnop

Lazy reporting. The phase "self-described members of the notorious Black Bloc street gang" immediately discredits the author. Do some research - start with wikipedia.

 

A Black Bloc is not a gang, nor even a group, it's a tactic. Just like dressing up as sea turtles and sitting down in an intersection is a tactic. Whether it's useful or counterproductive is debated. But calling it a gang is just ignorant. And stating or implying that the participants described themselves as such - unless they're more ignorant about the subject than you - is pure libel.

pablosablo07
pablosablo07

they are innocent until proven guilty.

 

The SF Weakly should know something about the legal system, having itself been convicted of conspiring with its parent media conglomerate to try to drive the SF Guardian out of business.

 

In Oakland on Jan 28, the OPD and their lackeys in the Bay Area News Group monopoly touted the arrest of over 400 people. Very few, if any, were ever charged with any crime. Yet they had to spend days in jail just because they were boxed into an area where the OPD and their fellow goon squad soldiers with the Alameda County Sheriff corralled them. They were arrested because they were told to leave an area where they were unable to leave.

 

The SF Weakly has never been recognized by anyone as a credible news source, but this slanderous parade of mug shots of some people who may have just been targetted by the SFPD crosses the line.

cabosmom
cabosmom

What a crap of lies!  For starters, Michael Pellagatti is a citizen journalist ivestreamer from NEW YORK who'd never participated in an OSF protest until this one, and who was filming this entire protest  NOT throwing projectiles, etc.  I hope they all sue your ass Erin Sherbert and SF Weekly.

information
information

They should be proud !!! The few honourable among us who have the strength to stand up to the police state. I salute you all !!

artofexisting
artofexisting

SF Weekly should be trashed for this nonsense. You are complicit in fearmongering by the state against people exercising their right to protest. come on, screw the media. we know you take your leads from credible sources aka the infiltrated governmental run police departments. and you wonder why the protesters won't talk to you? because you 'll do anything for a story. forget that the story is capitalism and fascism and censorship and brutality in a post 9/11 regime. won't post about that will you? just keep taking your crumbs from the political pushers. i can't believe you would put people at risk this way beyond their already targeted arrests and slander in other news sources. journalism right now is a joke in this country, land of the free home of the regurgitated lies. just keep writing about the elections- at least your comical lies and shocking politics can concentrate on big bird and fascist bipartisan consumer politics. easy to peddle the dominant narrative isn't it?

ZideJang
ZideJang

This is probably the worst piece of crap "journalism" I have seen, basically repeating SFPD's highly questionable propaganda. In addition it is highly unethical to spread unproven accusations like these and thus put these peoples' lives on the line. I really hope that the names listed can do a class action lawsuit against SF Weekly and make an example of news outlets engaging in unethical behavior like this.

stayfunny
stayfunny

SF Weekly should be ashamed that it has posted this vile, slanderous trash. Black bloc is not a "street gang" regardless of whatever "domestic threat" classification activist groups fall under. Another example of how voices of dissent are criminalized by the police and demonized by the press. SF Weekly needs to take this down and issue an apology to each individual IMMEDIATELY!  We must stand in solidarity with these brave people. ALL POWER TO ALL PEOPLE!

natashacopsresent
natashacopsresent

I know a bunch of these cats. Totally innocent, being targeted for activism

aaron_hinde
aaron_hinde

sorry these people are not the black bloc you are accusing them of being. These are simple protestors who were arrested not for vandalism but because SF PD decided to bum rush them, entrap them and arrest them. take the faces of these innocent people down before you get sued for slander.

someguy5
someguy5

In what world are people imagining that they live in that they want to defend vandalism?  Vandalism is NOT free speach and never will be.  This is a city, a society, a world that has no tolerance for it.  If you can't live with other people, you simply need to leave.  And if they still really want anarchy, their prize for achieving it will be their death.  I'm pretty sure those that bring it will be the first to go.

jamesfamily
jamesfamily

We have seen them for years, they  hang back in the crowd, trying to avoid detection until they are ready to strike and destroy.  Before GW Bush invaded Iraq, our nations streets were filled with thousands multigenerational families and friends peacefully rallying against the invasion.  Then at the end of the day after friends and families went home, the anarchist came out of the shadows, to trash, burn and destroy.

hplovecraft
hplovecraft

Baader Meinhof or Brigate Rosso.. it keeps popping up

in my memories of days gone by. Deja Vu all over again..

Dan Simpson
Dan Simpson

I, in no way, support black bloc vandalism...but this article reeks of smeared bullshit. 5 seconds of digging and it seems the cops just arrested a bunch of people and let the SFWeekly publicly tar and feather them sans proof.....don't assume some well oiled justice happened before a bunch of kids pictures were posted....Maybe they are all guilty, maybe not...doesn't seem like the courts have made that decision or that the SFWeekly gives a shit either way.

leatherlungs666
leatherlungs666

I'm glad to hear that some pigs were injured as these folks were being arrested. What a stupid and slanderous article! I stand in SOLIDARITY with these brave men and women! FTP ACAB

Epicurus
Epicurus

Very explicit article and very  large pictures of those young people. That's what happens when you vandalize material goods and destroy properties. You will be punished very hard by the police and the press will have a huge picture of you in order to give the good example for a safe society. I would advice those kids instead of trying to change the world , to open a gun shop, to work in media business or to get a job in a big corporation ...You see guns, stock market and entertainment industry are profitable and safe...!

Keep pushing the boundaries folks ...Your day will come..I know you see our comments...

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— César Vallejo, “Stumble between two stars”, trans. Clayton Eshleman(1978; orig. 1937)

 

ProtestersGoHome
ProtestersGoHome

I live next to the Mission and have done so for 11 years. I hate these jerks coming to my neighborhood to break things. It's childish, and they're wasting their efforts. If they want to make a worthwhile protest, why not go out into Red States? Here, they're just enjoying feeling like they're doing something important, but you can't possibly interpret their actions as helping anyone.

AuntyFascist
AuntyFascist

Wow. Talk about lazy journalism. Talk about slander. 1. This wasn't a march by Occupy Oakland. it was called by Veterans Against the Afghan Occupation. Quit your propaganda slurring of a movement that did a lot of good in the city of Oakland. Just because "something" happened in Oakland, doesn't mean it's Occupy. You ought to be fired for such laziness.

 

2. None of the people in this article have been convicted of ANYTHING. So what you've done is slander them. SLANDER. You have made them targets of violence in the community by people who don't have any deeper a political analysis than the author of this smear piece has.

 

And you wonder why people in the radical movements hate the mainstream media? Why your windows get broken at protests? THIS IS WHY.

givemefreedom
givemefreedom

Much love to all these brave souls. Fuck the SF PD and the SF weekly for publishing this irresponsible shit

khaga
khaga

I'm no fan of black bloc tactics, and thing vandalism hurts the movement.  That said, calling the black bloc a "street gang" kinda shows how little you understand about the situation and the players involved.

Lonnie Hill
Lonnie Hill

50% of the city's population has vandalized San Francisco...

Tammy Lively
Tammy Lively

I was gonna ask that you post their addresses but by the looks of them they all are moochin' off their parents & living in the basement.

RoueMothbard
RoueMothbard

@charlesdavis84 I can't come up with any possible informational purpose for this nonsense. It's just the print edition of Two Minutes Hate.

Pedro Asensio Lario
Pedro Asensio Lario

When you published Wall St thugs?...thanksfully it isn't legal in Europe.

AnarchistPrince
AnarchistPrince

@charlesdavis84 And straight up lies cause I guarantee nobody described themselves as "members of the notorious Black Bloc street gang".

summerspeaker
summerspeaker

 @someguy5 What do you think soldiers do? What do think cops do? Lots of property gets seized and destroyed all the time. Bourgeois property prevents the vast majority of society from enjoying the fruits of their labor. Even if you don't like smashing windows, it hardly registers in context.

thesnitch
thesnitch

 @AuntyFascist The article doesn't say anything about this being related to Occupy. The article doesn't suggest anyone has been convicted, hence the words accused and alleged.

SavorTooth
SavorTooth

 @AuntyFascist Don't slander the mainstream media - SF Weekly is an alternative weekly published (I believe) by the Village Voice

nvablondie
nvablondie

@summerspeaker Really? If the US Soldiers you bash did not stand up and fight for your freedom to speak the way you do how would you spew your filth? Do you really think they want to go to war? Do you think they want to kill? Spend some time with a Blue Star family or better yet a Gold Star family! Fact is, BECAUSE of US Soldiers You can run your mouth in disrespect! Try that in a communist country! Dare you! Do you protest Soldiers funerals too? You're an ungrateful a$$! @someguy5

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

 @summerspeaker  @khaga It makes them look like a bunch of idiots? Which turns out to be pretty accurate.  Not a lot going on upstairs with these folks.

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

 @summerspeaker The universe does trend toward entropy, and by breaking stuff you are simply helping to accelerate that process, ever so slightly.

 

Regardless, the one and only thing that will change politics is public opinion.  Since you'd rather throw a fit like a two year old and consider yourself above everyone else, you serve only to discredit your own position.

summerspeaker
summerspeaker

 @mrericsir The universe does not invariably trend toward your (or my) political orientation.

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

 @summerspeaker Dumbass college students breaking other people's property is not a "revolution" so much as an embarrassing stereotype.

 

But whatever helps you sleep at night.  Just know that one day you'll look back at this time in your life and realize what a moron you were.

summerspeaker
summerspeaker

 @mrericsir Whatever helps you sleep at night. Across the time and space, revolutionaries use sabotage, vandalism, and violence against human beings. The idea that these tactics kill movements is pure bourgeois nonsense. That narrative's prevalence in the United States attests to the miserable political situation here.

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

 @summerspeaker Well if you don't want public support, congrats: you don't have it.

 

As for your examples, those were isolated incidents as part of a larger movement.  You are not part of a movement.

summerspeaker
summerspeaker

 @mrericsir Public support alone isn't what I'm interested in. But an example that immediately comes to mind would be how the women's auxiliary broke windows during the Flint sit-down strike 1938. Endless labor and revolutionary struggle across history include sabotage and vandalism.

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

 @summerspeaker Age and maturity are two different things.

 

In any case, please cite some examples where vandalism resulted in a surge of public support for a cause.

summerspeaker
summerspeaker

 @mrericsir Death to your ageism. That's the first hierarchy and I want it smashed. I understand but reject the fetishization of popularity.

mrericsir
mrericsir topcommenter

 @summerspeaker If you're not mature enough to understand why public opinion matters and why vandalism will only serve to damage it, there's nothing I can say.  Your immaturity is shocking.

summerspeaker
summerspeaker

That's not very descriptive. Vandalism is bad because it bad? Every social justice movement I can think of has included violence against both persons and property. That ain't why struggles fail.

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