“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, seemingly 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 says.
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. Watch it here:
Another video serves as an introduction of the “Black Bloc.” Now if you haven’t heard of the Black Bloc, it’s a radical sect of the Occupy movement made up of mostly anarchists and revolutionaries who don’t want to reform anything — they just want to tear the system down to the ground.
The 6-minute long video shows numerous clashes with police and Occupy protesters as well as Black Bloc “activists” smashing windows and destroying property.
“Those in power should fear the public,” the video states:
“To the people who don’t understand why Black Bloc Activists use militant tactics to destroy corporate property: Black Bloc activists are not protestors, they are not there to protest. They are there to take direct action against the machine of oppression. Their actions are meant to cause material damage to oppressive institutions. But much more importantly they are intended as theater, as a dramatized illustration that even in the face of an overwhelming police state, the people still have the power.”
The site also issues a chilling warning to law enforcement on the “about” page of their website:
Notice to Law Enforcement Spying on Us
ResistRNC is an above-ground coordinating committee. We are not organizing actions, especially violent ones. That would just be stupid. We exist to provide information and facilitate logistics for people resisting the RNC. Don’t f*** with us.
They sound like such a lovely group. They must be — Occupy Wall Street, CODEPINK and Jessie Jackson’s Rainbow PUSH Coalition have all endorsed ResistRNC, according to Red Alert Politics.
Hopefully RNC organizers will take these radicals at their word and plan for the absolute worst in order to prevent anyone from being injured or worse, killed.
(H/T: Weasel Zippers)