How Black Blocs have changed protest movements around the world

World (Conversation) – The images were striking: massive blockades, protesters donning masks and black hoods suddenly racing across streets, throwing stones and destroying cars. Such were the chaotic scenes during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany this July. Amid the looting, clashes with police and general frenzy, slogans were also emblazoned on walls offering “Free hugs for Black Blocs.” What are the Black Blocs? And why are they associated with the G20 violence? The Black Bloc is an anti-establishment protest tactic featuring demonstrators dressed entirely in black and concealing their identities. Black Blocs are often demonized by the media Read More

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