The Revolution is NOW!

subMedia.TV’s final report from the G20 rebellions in three parts:

1.Who are we? “Justice for our communities” action on June 25th.

2. Go forth o pioneers. the stimulator goes inside the riot that caused much damage to the corporate elites and embarrassed the security establishment on saturday June 26 in Toronto Kristian Williams, author of “Our enemies in Blue”

3.We started the riot. Debunking the “agent provocateur” and “the cops let it happen” conspiracy theories. Kristian Williams an expert on police tactics during mass demonstrations speaks about the state’s monopoly of power…

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  1. Derek said on July 6th, 2010 at 1:04pm #

    Haha, this guy’s world is most definitely not the one I want to live in. Please don’t let this clown be a part of the consensus descionmaking process when the motherfucking revolution comes.

  2. observing said on July 6th, 2010 at 1:48pm #

    The only reason you could “start the riot” was because the police and politicos wanted you to. Otherwise that CDN$1billion+ “security tab” would have been seen by even the most avid “law and order” fan as the absolute, total waste it was.

    Harper, McGuinty and the military/police colluded to bring 20,000 enforcement officers to the “protect” the G20/G8 from at most a handful “rioters”. And STILL you could “riot”. They even left you cars to burn… can’t you see you were set up and just took the bait? If they can tow an illegally parked car in Toronto downtown rush hour in a matter of minutes, why would they leave even ONE cruiser “disabled” in place for that long? Because they wanted to. It was captured “live” on CBC… how convenient was THAT?

    South Africa has 40,000 enforcement officers to handle half a million World Cup tourists, many of whom have incited/participated in soccer riots on a scale you Toronto amateurs could only hope for in your wettest dreams. Hell, the “celebrations” in Montreal during the Stanley Cup had more impact.

    Besides, you are convincing virtually ZERO, NONE, NO and ZILCH Canadians that disorganized, opportunistic vandalism or even armed resistance is the way to stop the militarization of Canada’s domestic scene. We aren’t buying the fear-mongering from either side.

    So go back to your little meetings and figure out which of you is the gov’t/police plant/informant. Read the other article here which itemizes the infiltration tactics in so many “terrorist” cases in the US. Sound familiar? The authorities have been doing this crap since before the Black Panthers, so get a grip. Even the “Toronto 17″ had more than a couple…

    Or is it you?

  3. Hue Longer said on July 6th, 2010 at 2:07pm #

    good lord

  4. subMedia said on July 6th, 2010 at 2:12pm #

    “The only reason you could “start the riot” was because the police and politicos wanted you to.”

    @observing, mere speculation on your part. Can you please cite your source? Oh and I will not accept Alex Jones as a source.

    Now before you click on the following link, you must take off your tin foil hat:
    http://toronto.mediacoop.ca/story/disruptive-movements-state-security-and-black-bloc/4079

    @Derek no worries Derek, the revolution will happen on the streets, not behind your keyboard. BTW, clowing suckers like you is one of my favorite pass times. Now get back in your cage.

    @Hue Longer I love it when you talk dirty to me.

  5. teafoe2 said on July 6th, 2010 at 2:28pm #

    why is DV giving exposure to an agent provocateur?

  6. subMedia said on July 6th, 2010 at 2:37pm #

    Provocateur? Yes. “Agent” of change? Of course!

  7. Maien said on July 7th, 2010 at 12:01pm #

    Mr. Sub-Media.

    Your choices mimic the same barbarity and simple …very simple ideology … the same one that is causing the worlds problems.
    We already have violence. Haven’t you got it…. you are creating negative attention. No one CAN take you seriously…. as you promote …more …of the very same problem.

    I am glad to read your piece. It serves to remind and educate that individuals like you and your group insure that honest change will NOT occur.

    I wonder who is paying you to be a disruptor.

  8. subMedia said on July 7th, 2010 at 12:15pm #

    Mr./Ms./Mrs./Miss Maien,

    I wonder who gave you dominion over the definition of the word violence. If you define property destruction as violence, then the American revolutionaries that threw boxes of tea into the Boston harbor were a violent bunch. Or the suffragettes who smashed windows and set mansions on fire in order to fight for the right to vote and who started the first wave of feminism. Maybe they too were violent. Or the African National Congress who blew up power stations belonging to the Apartheid regime in South Africa and eventually overthrowing them. If that is what you call violence then I am all for it. I think history takes them VERY seriously.

    And who exactly is my group?

    As far as who pays me, well it’s viewers like you!

  9. Deadbeat said on July 7th, 2010 at 12:23pm #

    The G20 actions of the “submedia” group is rather counterproductive and ends up with a reactionary outcome. Breaking storefront windows is not how you “damage” property. If you really want to damage property run up a huge credit card bill and then defect to avoid and avert the collection agencies and the courts. Find ways to assist people with debt repudiation. Block an eviction. Find ways to engage rent & mortgage strikes with the clear theme that housing is a human right and not an avenue of profit.

    Breaking windows is easy. Finding ways to free us from Capitalism is the real challenge.

  10. subMedia said on July 7th, 2010 at 12:30pm #

    Hey Deadbeat. I am glad you give credit to “submedia” for the smashy smash, but people way braver than me did that. I merely held a video camera.

    I agree with you in your tactics to sabotaging the industrial economy. We need them all. But smashing the windows in Toronto shattered the idea that state is invincible even in the face of a $1 billion in security budget. All the conspiracy theories don’t hold and the facts show that the cops failed.

    Breaking windows in the face of such a huge police state is not easy. It takes a lot of guts to do something that could land you in jail in such a public way. These people are heroes and history will eventually absolve them.

  11. observing said on July 7th, 2010 at 12:34pm #

    @ subMedia, You show your true colours, “tin hat” insults are almost always tossed out by establishment lackeys to discredit any “conspiracy” theorists. The G20 “riot” wasn’t a conspiracy, it was theatre. Bad theatre, as the audience knew the plot as soon as the cameras went on.

    No “sources” required, even a cursory look at the circumstances of the “media event” aspect of the G20/G8 in general and the “riot” in particular shows a plainly planned, scripted and “handled” situation. The gov’t/police press releases were a little too pat, too well written to have been hastily thrown together as the “riot” progressed. If you and your compatriots actually vandalized Queen Street and lit the fires, you’ve been played, plain and simple. NOT burning those cars or breaking those windows would have shown the $1billion security price tag to be even more ludicrous than it was on its face.

    When no significant violent response could be elicited from the legitimate demonstrators no matter how egregious the provocation from uniformed/riot squads. Then magically, police cars are “abandoned” windows open, in sight of CBC robo-cams, “rioters” appear and mainstream media punditry begins in earnest. The ensuing silliness of marginally fit police in full riot gear chasing “rioters” all over downtown Toronto in the summer heat was a pathetic attempt at a show of military/police strength. Almost as silly as thinking setting a couple cruisers on fire, scribbling graffiti, breaking some windows, then changing clothes to disappear into the crowd is “revolution”.

    If you truly were “anarchists”, you would be carrying out “revolutionary” activities all year ’round, not just when the G20/G8 circus is in town. I unfortunately have to agree with Mansbridge, the “riot” looked more like opportunistic hooliganism than an incipient strategic revolution.

    “Agent of Change”??? You are changing nothing. The elite are still firmly in power, the poor and working classes remain as exploited as ever. You just gave the G20/G8 police the excuse they needed to beat up and jail innocent people. You played right into their script.

    And why should DV give this exposure? How else would we know just what passes for Anarchism in Canada? A handful of vandals loose with lighters, markers, spray-paint, rocks and sticks. And without enough courage to stand strong and openly claim their political actions were worth being jailed for. So innocents get beaten and go to jail in your place.

  12. Derek said on July 7th, 2010 at 12:36pm #

    Heroes! Haaahahahahaha. I’m sorry … I just can’t believe I read that … absolutely priceless.

    Heroes!

    Back to my cage!

  13. subMedia said on July 7th, 2010 at 1:22pm #

    @observing, your logic astounds me:

    “NOT burning those cars or breaking those windows would have shown the $1billion security price tag to be even more ludicrous than it was on its face. ”

    Actually, the fact that the police failed makes them look incompetent in the eyes of the public and hard for them to justify their $1 billion.

    If you stick to the facts your theory falls again and again. You assume that the press releases were pre-written, but anyone in the business can show that publicists who can crank out press releases with the quickness are abundant. Again your entire argument is based on speculation. Here’s a little nugget from the Toronto Star:

    ” I have had several frontline police officers tell me they were told not to get involved. But even before that decision was made, says one insider, there was mass confusion and indecision.

    “The orders went from engage to, no, don’t engage to engage to, no, don’t engage,’ ” said an officer. “It was an absolute shambles. Everyone was talking over each other on the radio. Nobody seemed to know what to do. It was just a mess.”

    Just like in St. Paul the chain of command failed, and that’s a fact.

    This is only one aspect of anarchism and maybe you should do some research before you make broad generalizations about the movement in Canada and North America. The black bloc are community organizers, nurses, soup kitchen volunteers, college students and poor people who when not smashing windows are creating the world they want to see. Yet are smart enough to know no significant social movement form the past 150 years has ever succeeded without militant action.

    I did not ask to be on Dissident Voice, somebody here started posting my videos and set me up with an account. Maybe that person is sick of the armchair revolutionaries that are quick to type but slow to action.

  14. Maien said on July 7th, 2010 at 1:43pm #

    Mr. Sub-media, I reiterate. Simple Ideology. Humanity coping (sometimes being forced ) with immature, not fully grown attitudes.

    I believe that the world over…. intelligent individuals clearly know that change requires that we as humans… grow up and find new ways to live with each other… without capitalism and the violence it insures against all life. Some of humanity IS searching for a more adult -like functioning that does not require the control of other lives in order to be safe/secure.

    I am NOT talking about the violence I commit when I chop up vegetables, so don’t even go there.

    Humanity does have within it self the possibility of growing into a viable community. This means that each participant… must leave behind the old ways of communicating and discover new ways to live, which does not include robbing their neighbours, individuals or nations.

    Someone like me.. who is an expert in my field of study… can come here and learn. Although my terminology and worldview may be different, I am learning. I continue to work to achieve many of the same things as the authors and commentators of this site.

    Thank-you to ‘observing’ for repeating WHY it is important that we do hear a variety of voices on this site. Deadbeat… thanks for your clear statements.

    btw.. I did not pay you.

  15. Maien said on July 7th, 2010 at 1:50pm #

    Did you ever learn about Gandhi? Have you questioned the non-violent resistance in Palestine?

    Did you ever have the chance to learn that doing the same thing …that created a problem will not change the problem?

  16. teafoe2 said on July 7th, 2010 at 2:28pm #

    nonviolence is a tactic; armed force is also a tactic. the important thing is knowing which is appropriate to the time and place. And once a choice is made, applying it intelligently.

    anybody who tells you that “the revolution is NOW” in reference to Canada or/and the US is at best a nut, but more likely a paid provocateur.

  17. observing said on July 7th, 2010 at 2:29pm #

    Sorry subMedia, it is your logic that is illogical.

    Vandalism does not a revolution make.

    Incompetence or a lack of coherent direction in the police ranks does not mean the authorities (and I mean well above street level command) had not “scripted” many scenarios to suit their purposes. Spending many times more $$ than any other hosting country had to date and gathering half the number of police South Africa has to control a half-million soccer fans makes Harper’s photo-op shindig look ridiculous in its own right.

    Canadians were appalled at the waste, to say nothing of the oh-so-American approach to “security”. Both the Harper and McGuinty camps will have some ‘splainin’ to do to their supporters come next election.

    A handful of hooligans taking the “justification” bait so easily offered only supports Harper’s agenda position. If the 20,000 police and $1billion weren’t enough to stop a few idiots burning cars and breaking windows, maybe next time $2billion and 40,000 police will? So your buddies will again run away like cowards after torching 2x as many cop cars and getting 2,000 people beat up and detained? Or worse?

    But what if Harper threw a “security pity-party” and no one came? Or the Anarchists did show up and merely mocked the entire process by making their presence known, but refusing to play the “game”.

    You are leading no revolution, because no one in Canada (outside the handful of misguided vandals who actually believe their own rhetoric) will follow in such mindless, pointless affirmation of Harper’s paranoia.

    Violence begats violence. Get off the violence-go-’round.

  18. teafoe2 said on July 7th, 2010 at 2:31pm #

    Timing is everything.

  19. subMedia said on July 7th, 2010 at 3:20pm #

    The paid provocateur argument is tired and anyone who claims that Indian independence was achieved by mere non-violent means needs to pick up a history book or two. Same goes for the black civil rights in America. If y’all want to live in a world where you think the state is all controlling and all knowing, where young people can’t outsmart the authorities, where rage can only be expressed in football games and hockey matches, then that’s your choice.

    The revolution is now, every day. Those who don’t see the revolution that’s happening nee to unplug and look around.

    Au revior motherfuckers.

  20. teafoe2 said on July 7th, 2010 at 4:00pm #

    punks. same ol same ol.

    try & tell them anything, they think they know it all.

    “the revolution” is not about expressing your feelings, it’s about convincing the majority of people to support what you want to accomplish.

    yawn, ho hum; I been hearing the same idiotic crap from the same kind of idiots for about fifty years now, and it’s this pseudo- “anarchist” crap that is tired. tired tired tired.

    hmm, no, don’t think subMudia is a paid agent, doubt if a professional provocateur would put so much energy into making a fool of herself in public:)

  21. Hue Longer said on July 7th, 2010 at 8:30pm #

    The guy asked for proof of this and I’m surprised no one gave it to him…were he an undercover cop, he wouldn’t have said that (I’d think).

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gAfzUOx53Rg

    sorry about my surprise earlier….if you are a rightfully pissed of civilian, you get props for being angry and wanting to do something so I hope you don’t get embarrassed and either quit caring or buttressed in your incorrect perceptions. If you really are a cop, thanks for being shit at your job!

  22. Deadbeat said on July 7th, 2010 at 10:10pm #

    submedia writes …

    Breaking windows in the face of such a huge police state is not easy. It takes a lot of guts to do something that could land you in jail in such a public way. These people are heroes and history will eventually absolve them.

    My mistake that I assumed you were the rock throwers rather than mere “reporters”. Regarding breaking windows. I threw rocks and broke windows when I was 8 years old. It’s very easy to throw rocks.

    The people you documented were not heroes. Let’s take away the fact that the police may have been posing as provocateurs, the rock throwers are not engaging in an act of resistance and are not engaging in activity that going to upset the property relations. I suggested a number of real heroic deeds that the Left can try to help real day-to-day folks overcome — debt, foreclosure, and homelessness. IMO a squatter has more guts and are taking more risks than the people you’ve promoted on camera. I think you should reconsider your priorities of who really needs to be chronicled and their underlying political importance.