Anarchists are gearing up to make their anger at Republicans very visible even as solid barriers around the convention perimeter are being put in place. Take Action Training, Street Medic Bridge Training, and Movement Lawyering 101 have all taken place in the run up to tomorrow’s Republican National Convention in Tampa. “The entire system in which we’re currently living is rooted in greed and power” appears on the RESISTRNC website.
“Exploitation and oppression are stitched into the fabric of our society,” say organizers who feel affinity with the Arab Spring and Occupy Movements which Barack Obama favors. Under the Weather Underground heading, listed at a location called Davis Islands, Tampa, FL, an admonition is carried to “write the number of the National Lawyers Guild on your body,” and another warning is telling law enforcement, “Don’t F (bleep) with us. We’ll sue you.” So as street medics train to deal with everything from sex assaults and handcuff injuries to impaired decisions and encampment situations where protestors are staying while in the Tampa area, organizers (firstname.lastname@example.org) are describing preparations for diversified tactics and basic civil disobedience against the money crowd’s one percenters along with the fight for global justice and Earth First.
Former Black Panther activist turned conservative community facilitator Brandon Darby said he “…..just couldn’t take it anymore when he happened upon a video training session by anarchist leaders showing gullible young men how to make Molotov cocktails to shut down the RNC in Minneapolis in 2008.” Darby is warning that anarchists have shown volunteers how to throw Molotov cocktails made with tampons for the oil laced wicks “to better stick to the skin” like homemade napalm simply because “they didn’t like what the Republicans are saying!” He said a definite structure of planners had set up a three part division of responsibilities in the leftist camp, namely.
-the Reds, the hardcore anarchists dressed all in black, whose sole aim was to fight the police
-the Yellows, who were tasked with blocking roads to the Xcel site
-the Greens, a loosely knit collection of about 10,000 routine protestors
Law enforcement personnel throughout Florida are sending teams to assist Chief Jane Castor’s Tampa Police Force maintain safety and order. Let’s hope she is up to the task.