May Day Mayhem in San Francisco

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The forces of social revolution attacked luxury stores in San Francisco’s Union Square to celebrate International Workers Day. This is from SF-IMC:

This action carried no demands. Its choice of geography and timing speak for themselves. It is safe to say that it inflicted the most property destruction San Francisco has seen in a very long time in an area usually deemed to be off limits to street actions and demonstrations. There were no arrests and upwards of $50,000 worth of damage was unleashed in a controlled and methodical manner that required intense cooperation among participants.

As to how this benefits workers or anyone besides the vandals seeking a cheap thrill is unclear. They did provide this comment:

Like fishermen turned pirates off the horn of Africa who have hijacked a primary artery of global capital as they defend their lives and communities, mass coordinated anti capitalist attacks across Greece that illustrate how an anarchist initiated insurrection can bring a state to its knees, or crews of friends taking over the streets of downtown Oakland in resistance to police violence, the May Day mutiny in San Francisco has revealed weak points for us to take note of and exploit. The illusion of an invincible corporate state able to crush or undermine all its enemies has been shattered. The forces of repression have no real defense against our evolving rebellions.

Yes, by attacking Prada, Armani, and other expensive stores, these crusty black-bloc vandals have “the system” quaking in its very boots. I’m sure.

While the event has been covered in the local news, the national media has been largely silent. Less than a month ago the Tea Party protesters were presented as raving right-wing lunatics by the NYT and others. Yet the Tea Parties–acknowledging their incendiary rhetoric and the involvement of a variety of unsavory elements–were peaceful. Weeks later, you have radical leftists running through the streets of SF busting windows and acting the fool and the msm says “ho hum, nothing to report here.”

On a more positive note, Bob from Brockley has a roundup of May Day events in the UK. Here is a roundup of global May Day demonstrations from the BBC.

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  1. Pingback: Idiots, in France, San Francisco and Vienna | Anti-National Translation

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