Who were those masked strangers? After arriving too late for their departure from Malet Street I finally managed to ‘head them off at the pass Tonto’ at Piccadilly. They were the Black Bloc….I’d heard they’d broken away from the main march and were heading up Charing Cross Road. I could only gawp in awe as they arrived – didn’t they look fucking fine and dandy – black and red flags all over, masked up, whooping, running, confident…and young! They charged – and the Bloc was big maybe about 600 at that stage – headlong through the police line blocking Regent Street and I struggled after them but they were far too fast for the dodgy hip brigade. Anyway no one wants their grandad on a Black Bloc.That was the last I saw of them or any action all day. Kept getting reports that it was ‘kicking off’ here then there then here again…….but by the time we arrived the birds had flown.
The Bloc gave the cops the complete run around. Older hands described ‘a black bloc with brains’ a ‘Many Headed Hydra’ striking here and there and reappearing in unexpected places like the Viet Cong! Mobility….Mobility….mobility ……….the lessons were well learned and the targets exemplary. Mayfair was well and truly sacked. The Porsche showroom, The Ritz, Fortnam and Mason, Banks, Posh shops. The Fucking RITZ BLITZ – oh how I rue missing that. I saw sights to gladden an old man’s heart – ‘CLASS WAR- sprayed on smashed up posh shops. It was a Class War as the Ritz diners COWERED over their silver knapkin rings. Cameron started it – we’ll finish it. No apologetics needed this morning.The Cops will be coruscated for yet another cock up. How long can old uncle Bob broadhurst survive?
In its own terms the Bloc was a great success. It’s not the job of the Black Bloc to sort out the political strategies relating the anarchist movement to the social struggle. The Bloc is a tactical anarchist combat unit on the day. Then it’s gone. But by the criteria I layed down yesterday for the crossing of the Rubicon – well we haven’t. There is no occupied space still contested.No ground to be held. My Hyde Park occupation idea never got the legs it needed to take off. The cops attacked TrafalgarSquare without reason and cleared it heavy handidly. Has the movement moved forward – i doubt it. There was no relation/connection with the 400,ooo demonstrators in Hyde Park. The paper Class War used to provide some sort of bridge between the mass of demonstrators and the anarchists. We no longer have that connection – we need to find a way to build it again. 25 years ago after Stop the City we could have read the same newspaper headlines as today – ‘Anarchists Smash up city’……then J18 and so on. Are we back to the yearly event of the anarchist action – or can we buildsomething more tis time? If so – how? We may havea month in the Sun with ‘Anarchists threat to royal wedding’ baloney but after the royal carriage is parked away – what are we left with? As at the poll tax riot there will have been many people on the main march who would have loved to join in what the Bloc were up to. We cant just run anarchist only actons. We need to find away in for the multitude comrades. For the rest of our class to take part in their war.