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BLACK BLOC Protesters Block Ambulance Rushing to Hospital

Arrests made at demonstration in Connecticut after ‘critically ill’ patient prevented from passing
by Kathryn Blackhurst | Updated 05 Feb 2017 at 6:12 PM
Protesters decrying President Donald Trump’s two-week-old administration prevented an ambulance carrying a “critically ill” patient from getting to Yale-New Haven hospital during a protest Saturday in New Haven, Connecticut.

Roughly 200 demonstrators marched to Route 34 around 5 p.m. carrying a banner emblazoned with the words “No Ban No Wall New Haven,” they blocked traffic on the highway the ambulance was taking.

“Due to this delay ambulance personnel were required to perform an emergency medical procedure in the ambulance instead of at the hospital.”
The protesters “obstructed an ambulance carrying a critically ill patient,” the state police report read, according to the New Haven Independent. “Due to this delay, ambulance personnel were required to perform an emergency medical procedure in the ambulance instead of at the hospital.”

One protester in particular who stood in the ambulance’s path refused to move when asked by police to do so.

“The officers tried to guide him out of the way. He pushed an officer trying to get back,” Shift Commander Lt. Sam Brown told the Independent, noting that the man was brought to the ground and arrested.

The patient’s resulting condition has not been publicly disclosed.

Police at the scene arrested at least three protesters, including Norman Clement, one of the organizers. Clement incurred several charges, including inciting a riot and disorderly conduct.
But the New Haven demonstration only proved to be the latest in a wave of nearly weekly anti-Trump protests across the nation that have endangered American lives or caused horrific damage.

On Jan. 20, thousands of protesters descended upon D.C. to disrupt Trump’s inaugural ceremony in whatever ways they could find. Claiming that justice was on their side, some of the protesters turned violent and threw “rocks, bottles, flares, and unknown liquids” at police officers, CBS News reported. Six officers were injured while the police arrested 217 protesters in the nation’s capitol. And on top of all that, rioters set a limousine on fire, damaged other vehicles, smashed in store windows, destroyed other pieces of property and set other objects aflame while armed with hammers, crowbars and other weapons.

Violence occurred elsewhere across the country on Inauguration Day as rioters engaged in behavior that was severely destructive to their own communities. In Portland, Oregon, rioters armed with sticks and clubs attacked officers. In Seattle, Washington, protesters chucked bricks at the police and a man was shot.
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“It’s happening,” New Haven Assistant Police Chief Tony Reyes told the Independent. “We have to be ready to deal with and try to do it in a way that balances our commitment to community policing while keeping our officers safe.”

What is a Black Bloc? The tactic that unleashed chaos in Berkeley – PAID FOR BY George soros

by Sean Rossman

Swarms of people dressed in black invaded what was supposed to be a peaceful demonstration against right-wing commentator Milo Yiannopoulous on Wednesday evening.

The group tossed smoke bombs, set fires and started fights on the University of California – Berkeley campus where Yiannopoulous was slated to speak. He never would.

The protest’s organizers, the Berkeley Against Trump coalition, said the peaceful acts of the 1,500 demonstrators were marred by 50 to 75 anti-fascist Black Bloc protestors.

Outside of Berkeley, media outlets have linked Black Blocs to a number of modern protests, most recently in efforts opposing President Donald Trump. The Nation credits a Black Bloc protestor with punching alt-right leader Richard Spencer in the face on Trump’s inauguration day. The Washington Post said Black Blocs were involved with violent protests in Washington, D.C. on inauguration day and in Portland following Trump’s election win.

On Wednesday, Twitter users used the term in describing the protesters at Berkeley.

Black Bloc, is a tactic, not a group. Those who practice it often wear black and cover their face with masks. They usually leave a wake of destruction.

In a 2015 article published in Police Magazine, author Kory Flowers said anarchists use protests such as the ones in Ferguson, Missouri, after the shooting death of Michael Brown, to launch their signature “chaos- and havoc-laden tactics.” The article described Black Bloc strategy as “throngs of criminal anarchists all dress in black clothing in an effort to appear as a unified assemblage, giving the appearance of solidarity for the particular cause at hand.”

Black Bloc gained attention in the United States in 1999 after violent protests at a meeting of the World Trade Organization in Seattle, according to a 2001 history of the tactic on the anarchist news website, A-Infos. The reason for the dress, wrote the history’s author Daniel Dylan Young, was to “fend off police attacks, without being singled out as individuals for arrest and harassment later on.”

Hundreds of people were arrested in the Seattle riots, which involved anarchists vandalizing businesses.

Young said Black Blocs spread in Europe in the 1980s as a “popular resistance to the police state and the New World Order.” About 3,000 people engaged in a Black Bloc protest in 1987, according to A-Infos, when President Ronald Reagan visited Berlin.

Erica West, a Berkeley grad student and a member of the Berkeley Against Trump coalition, stressed the group doesn’t support the violence.

“We didn’t anticipate the violence,” she said, adding she was disappointed that “the media attention has been skewed so heavily toward that.”

However, the group is happy Yiannopoulous’ speech was cancelled, which was the coalition’s goal. West said the group, formed in the fall semester, gathered support for the Yiannopoulous protest during an inauguration day demonstration. For weeks, West said, the group urged the school’s administration to cancel the event.

In a statement, UC Berkeley Chancellor Nicholas Dirks condemned the violence, which he said was committed by more than 100 armed people using paramilitary tactics. Campus administration pulled in dozens of extra police officers to help control the event, but weren’t prepared for the “unprecedented,” he said.

Dirks assured the campus is committed to free speech.

“We deeply regret that the violence unleashed by this group undermined the First Amendment rights of the speaker as well as those who came to lawfully assemble and protest his presence,” the statement read.

But West slammed Dirks for denouncing the violence, something she said he could have avoided.

“It’s extremely frustrating that he’s condemning the violence when he had every opportunity to cancel the event and stop this from happening,” she said.

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