“Planning to hit the streets to raise some hell? I commend you. You’re doing the hard work we need right now. Just remember to buy yourself some face coverage.
A bandana is always fashionable, but a balaclava provides more coverage and a more secure fit should you need to run. Plus it’s a lot warmer, which is important for these winter protests. A keffiyeh is a classic look, and wrapped correctly provides good coverage as well. Avoid shit like the Guy Fawkes mask; poor visibility, and you look like a dweeb.
"But friend,” you might protest. “Why do I need a mask if I’m not planning on doing anything illegal?” Excellent question! There are several reasons:
1. You don’t know when an illegal tactic will play out around you. You don’t want to be caught on camera next to someone smashing bank windows. 2. If only the black bloc masks up, the police immediately know who to prioritize. Even if you don’t personally involve yourself in such tactics, it’s important to stand in solidarity with your more militant brethren. They are the stick to your carrot, and we need both to be functional. 3. As these protests go on and become more disruptive, the Nazis will take an interest in direct action of their own. They’re already putting out literal bounties on resisters. The peacefulness of your protest will not protect you from the hate machine if you happen to get doxxed in a protest photo.
Fight back. Fight hard, or soft, as it pleases you. Fight together. But please, please be safe. <3"
September 30 2017 - The neo-nazi group Nordic Resistance Movement had planned for a big march involving thousands of Nazis that would lead past a synagogue in Göteborg on Yom Kippur. In the end the 500 nazis that showed up couldn’t get to the start of their march because it had been blocked by over 10k counter-demonstrators. After marching for a little more than a kilometre they got kettled by police and shipped out of the city for their own protection, as antifascists clashed with the police all day throughout the city trying to get to the fascists. [video]/[video]
If I stood in the middle of the street and yelled “let’s burn a building down” I could go to jail for inciting a riot but if I stood in the middle of the street and yelled “let’s kill every single black person” I’m just exercising my first amendment rights.
Welcome to liberal democracy, where property is of more value to our government than actual living people.