Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Brazil's Black Block Activists: Criminals or People Power?

‘Black Bloc’ anarchists emerging as a force amid unrest in Brazil

Demonstrators clash with the police as they protest in demand of better working conditions and against police violence, on 'Teachers' Day' on Oct. 15, 2013, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. [AFP]

Brazil's Black Block Activists: Criminals Or People Power?

The protests that swept through Brazil last summer raised the profile of the Black Bloc — masked anarchists who use violence to get their anti-capitalist message across. The secretive members explain that their tactics are intended to shake up a corrupt and complacent government. But many regular protesters feel that the Black Bloc has hijacked their movement and that they do more harm than good.

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