UPDATE: After almost two year’s investigation, I no longer think this is true. Yes, the police aren’t perfect, and the incident at Montebello was indeed real. But, the people behind most of the street violence are members of socialist obedience cults who are out to cause trouble and ‘ignite’ a revolution (at least, in their heads)…
Back in 2007, in Montebello, the Quebec Provincial Police were busted. Some observant demonstrators at the Security and Prosperity Partnership meeting realized there were a number of Black Bloc there who looked suspiciously like police officers- some were carrying rocks and trying to get the crowd to engage in violence. In particular, they all were wearing police issued boots. The officers were called-out and the truth came out the next day in the mainstream media. Ever since that day, many people have believed that police and security services have deep connections with the Black Bloc…
Something amazing happened at the 2010 Olympics in Vancouver. Hundreds of average middle-class people suddenly woke-up and became activists. Their movement was “Healthcare Not Olympics”, and they decided to protest. These people were bound & determined to block the Sea to Sky highway and disrupt the Olympics. Considering this road was so small, and there were so many protesters, it was likely that they could have succeeded. After all, how could the police get away with arresting masses of middle class housewives?
But then something else amazing happened. On the first day of the protests a group of Black Bloc, including many from Harsha Walia’s Anti-Poverty Committee, came out onto the streets vandalizing the city and getting into clash with the Vancouver Police Department. As soon as the damage was done, and the story was reported in the media, all of the middle-class demonstrators went home hanging their heads in shame. After all, how could they explain to their friends that they were a part of such violence?
It is also curious how David Eby, a prominent member of the NDP and head of the BC Civil Liberties Association, withdrew his legal observers only a few hours before the Black Bloc violence occurred. Apparently, the Bloc didn’t want potential witnesses to be used in court. What I find strange about this is that Eby, who is a lawyer, got away with this. If he had prior knowledge of a crime, wasn’t he obligated to report it? And, if he didn’t, why didn’t the BC Law Society disbar him for his inaction?
If the government wanted to make sure the Olympics weren’t interrupted- the Black Bloc strategy would have been perfect…
The Toronto G20 is the most famous of Canada’s Black Bloc incidents. Prior to the event, the government used the existence of violent anarchists as an excuse to implement a billion dollar security infrastructure. Cameras were placed across the city (they are still there today), walls were built, and 100’s of police were brought into the city to ‘protect’ the event. The day before the protests happened they arrested Alex Hundert, a leader of the Ontario Black Bloc. He helped train the anarchists, and gave them a list of businesses and places to attack.
The police had some undercover agents watching Hundert- they knew the people who would be involved, and they knew their destinations. But, on the day of the riots, the police were sitting around the corner from all of the violence and many people felt that they let it all happen. What a better way to justify all of the expense incurred? Then, there’s the question of the police cars that got burned-down, it is widely believed that they were older models that were no longer in service.
My first experience with the Black Bloc was at Occupy Vancouver. The first time they appeared at the camp was curiously also the first day that Harsha Walia showed-up. The joined an anti-pipeline march and got into a street fight with the police. At one point a police office was hit in the face with a flagpole. Curiously, there were no arrests.
I first met Alex Hundert at Occupy Toronto. He came to one of the meetings to block me from entering a General Assembly. The police came that night and did nothing to stop him. The next day I went to the Toronto Police’s 52 division to file a criminal complaint. Something amazing happened that day too- the police came back to me and said that they couldn’t find any record of him in their computers. I explained to them that Hundert was on bail for the crimes during the G20 and one of the most famous criminals in the city. The tried to discourage me from filing a complaint, and said that they had never heard of him.
This was the first time I became suspicious about the Black Bloc’s connections with the police and/or government…
A couple of days before May Day I was having beers in a pub’s garden with a group of friends when the G20’s Scary Cop Lady came and took our picture. All of us were vocally non-violent people who had a commonality of having researched the Black Bloc. The Scary Cop Lady is famous because during the G20 she was seen helping the police get people dressed as Black Bloc behind their lines into safety out of the crowds. Here’s a quick video of that moment:
Earlier this summer I was assaulted by a group of Black Bloc thugs at the park in Kensington Market. I reported this to the police, and gave them pictures and names of two of my assailants. A month later I pointed-out one of the people who attacked me to 52 division police in-front of city hall. They called the detective who told me that they already had his name and that they were instructed not to stop him.
A few weeks later the detective told me that they don’t know the name of the person who I pointed out to the 52 division. This is very strange, because they said they did when I pointed him out to them. Also, they have made very little progress in this case- despite the fact that the two people who have attacked me have been at demonstrations & events where the police were present.
Does this prove that the police & government are working with the Black Bloc? Perhaps not, but it certainly raises many people’s suspicions. It wouldn’t be the first time this has happened in Canada, and it is a pattern that has been happening in the US at least since the 60’s. Curiously, in 1968, it was discovered that the FBI was deeply involved in the formation of violence promoting “anti-poverty” organizations. Does this sound familiar?
A story came out last week that the FBI brought weapons to members of the Weather Underground- it was rather shocking to many, but others fully expected that happened. Occupy Toronto’s Ian Smart claims he was a member of the weather underground- perhaps he can tell us a thing or two about what happened.
Now, it is doubtful that all of the people in the Black Bloc are police or government. But, perhaps some of their leaders are? As I said, this has happened many times before, and it wouldn’t be unusual. And, considering that the only achievements of the Black Bloc have been to justify police power- it does make one rather suspicious.
The police & government have never made a statement that they are or aren’t involved with the Black Bloc. If they want to rebuild trust, it is time for them to come out and make a statement…