Between June 26th-27 2010, the G-20, an international organization between the protectors of capital, met to discuss how to secure profit during failing economic recession. Amidst housing and labor crisis, global poverty, lack of international medical care and aid, wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, and environmental disaster (THANKS BP!) they spent close to one billion dollars to protect their party.
This money was used to purchase brand new police equipment, street cameras (like Chicago), and overtime pay for police officers. What the bailouts in the U.S and the one billion price tag for the G-20 demonstrate, is that the wealthy will use government, regardless of political party, to ensure it’s economic stranglehold and footing in society. While people are starving, homeless, jobless, and corporations such as BP have destroyed entire regions in the U.S, that they would rather beat, jail, and demonize people who are rightfully angry.
Anarchists took part in every aspect of the demonstration, from working within unions, community organizations, anti-colonial struggles, to the black bloc. (See below for an update on the demonstration from Common Cause.) The media is working hard to justify the enormous security budget and the police attack against a peaceful demonstration by showing one event of the demonstration, property destruction and a burning cop car. Regardless of personal tactics, or political vision, we are in full solidarity with those arrested. There may be those who are angry at the image of a burning police car, but we are more angry at people wearing suits who are burning nations, taking our jobs to increase profit, and destroying the Gulf of Mexico to save what oil they can at our expense.