Solidarity Statement To The Anti-WTO Anarchist Black Bloc

Initiative for a Northeastern Federation of Anarchist-Communists (NEFAC)

Solidarity Statement to the Anti-WTO Anarchist Black Bloc

The World Trade Organization (WTO), an international decision-making body and enforcement agency for unrestricted global capitalism, met recently in Seattle, Washington for its Third Ministerial Conference. The WTO is a 133-nation governmental organization, which favors multinational corporations, exploits farmers, supports child slavery, denies workers' rights, and destroys environments around the globe. On November 30th, as delegates were scheduled to begin the opening ceremonies of the week-long conference, they were met by tens of thousands of protestors who not only prevented the WTO's opening ceremonies from taking place, but also managed to shut down the entire downtown shopping district of Seattle for the better part of the day. This was achieved by the use of large-scale festive resistance, innovative protest tactics, and solidarity amongst the varying constituencies of demonstrators.

As activists built effective blockades and successfully occupied street after street throughout the day, the police responded with the unprovoked use of tear gas, pepper spray, rubber bullets, concussion grenades, pain-compliance holds, and clubbings, thus forcing a volatile situation into a series of riotous street battles. As part of the more militant forms of protest, a loosely organized cluster of individuals and affinity groups known as the anarchist black bloc, engaged in various forms of economic disruption by destroying specifically targeted corporate property. The corporations targeted included: NikeTown and Levi's (whose overpriced products are made in sweatshops), Fidelity Investment (major investor in Occidental Petroleum, the bane of the U'wa tribe in Columbia), the Bank of America, U.S. Bancorp, Key Bank, and Washington Mutual Bank (financial institutions key in the expansion of corporate repression), among others.

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