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The Battle of the Story of the Battle of Seattle Paperback – December 1, 2009
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Concerning the violence (broken windows, etc.) that broke out in Seattle, they note that "The group that broke corporate chain store windows was the black bloc, not 'the anarchists.' ... black bloc is a militant street tactic... developed in Europe in the 1980s by 'autonomists' and radicals... The Seattle black bloc included people who identified as anarchists." (Pg. 37) "Nobody argues that there was no property destruction in Seattle. The Eugene-based Black Bloc smashed a lot of plate glass windows in the central city area. Whether or not property destruction is violence is another thing altogether." (Pg.Read more ›