“ResistRNC“ or ”Occupy the RNC,” an Occupy-related protest of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., this August, has posted some disturbing “action planning” videos on their website, encouraging protesters to take violent action against police.
The top of the group’s “action” page states, “…if you are looking for ideas to help you with your action planning, here are some helpful videos!”
“Anything is possible…anything. Happy Action Planning!” the website reads.
The site makes sure to distance itself from potential violence by claiming ResistRNC is an “above-ground coordinating committee. We are not organizing actions.“ They also try to claim they are not ”condoning or supporting illegal activities.”
That would be a lot more convincing if one of the “helpful” videos posted on ResistRNC‘s website didn’t show a man igniting a Molotov cocktail and tossing it towards a group of police officers before putting up two middle fingers towards the cops. But it does.
The video appears to be some sort of a remix of the popular Jay-Z and Kanye West song, “Run This Town,” put together by a group called SubMedia TV and apparently preformed by a group that calls themselves Testament.
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Two people were arrested in New York City Saturday night after protesters, some with possible Occupy Wall Street connections, vandalized storefronts in what was described as “black bloc” tactics, the New York Times reported. Gothamist reports that a long-time Occupy organizer was one of those arrested for attacking a NYPD officer with a metal pipe:
41-year-old Alexander Penley, is an attorney and has been an Occupy Wall Street organizer since the movement began in the fall.
Penley, along with 30-year-old Nicholas Thommen, were arrested around 10 p.m. after what witnesses described as a violent scuffle between the two men and police officers, and are charged with a litany of offenses, including assaulting a police officer, menacing, criminal possession of a weapon, resisting arrest, and inciting a riot.
Penley has been quoted in stories about Occupy Wall Street in The Guardian and USA Today, and appeared on the local Manhattan television show Let Them Talk in October.
The NYPD’s press release on the arrests refers to them as “anarchist-related arrests of individuals among a group of 25 who fought with police and who had tried to use eight-foot-long galvanized metal pipes to smash windows of a Starbucks at Astor Place and Lafayette Street at 8:45 p.m.” The police also claim that patrons of Starbucks were hiding under the tables during the incident.
A black bloc is a protest tactic where protesters wear black clothing and mask their faces to make it harder for police to pick out individuals.
Tim Pool, who livecasts Occupy events, filmed police cars blocking off Tompkins Square Park around 9: 20 p.m., according to the Times. In his video, he narrates that “after the Anarchist Book Fair supposedly a black bloc formed and there was a lot of property destruction, a few windows broken.”
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