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News :: DNC
Boston Incubates Decentralized Resistance
30 Jul 2004
The weekend starts tomorrow.

Boston Incubates Decentralized Resistance


The City of Boston and Federal Agencies transformed Boston into a totalitarian police state in the days leading up to and during the Democratic Convention of 2004.  The organs of oppression prepared for the arrests of 2000.  A cage was constructed into which authorities planned to intern protesters during the demonstration.  The FBI, an agency famous for lying and deception, put forth a hoax-terror operation reporting, falsely, that anarchists planned to attack the media.  During the weeks leading up to the DNC, the FBI and local police officers harassed dissidents and anarchists across the United States.  Naturally, these acts of oppression gave pause to some protesters and the numbers that turned out for the DNC were smaller than expected.  This increased the ratio of police to protesters significantly.  In fact, the forces of oppression far out numbered the protesters in Boston during the DNC, as thousands were imported from other jurisdictions.

Despite this, the resistance to the DNC was a success.  The city saw many decentralized actions, planned and executed by small groups.  This new form of organized (or disorganization) was difficult for the police to infiltrate and many actions took the police by surprise.  Naturally, the media was prepared for large and concentrated events and mistook their infrequency for a resistance that fizzled.  In reality, the opposite was true.  The new mode of resistance is not played out for the media and most of its actions took place below the radar of the media.  These actions were intended to communicate the resistance meme to Americans directly, in the first person and at this they were successful.

Moreover, the fear and confusion experienced by the police, facing a decentralized resistance, was both palpable and obvious.  Law enforcement agencies from the FBI and Homeland Security down to the state and local police were all reporting their concerns about the decentralized actions.  The impression left by law enforcement was that these actions would be violent.  The reality, however, is that there were not violent.  Additionally, by engaging in decentralized resistance, protesters kept the number of arrests to an incredibly low total of six (compare that to the 2000 that the police had hoped for).  Due to decentralized resistance the police were left confused and their cells were largely empty.  Hundreds of protesters that may have been arrested have avoided arrest by avoiding infiltration and manipulation.  This increases the number of protesters that will be available for the Republican National Convention.

Even the media got whiff of the new mode of resistance.  Fox News referred to them as Asymmetric Actions and other news outlets referred to them as Decentralized Actions.  Since the media does not count as real anything they do not experience directly with their cameras, they have underestimated the impact of these events.

Decentralized Actions are not intended to be one time events.  They are intended to seed the concept of their own replication within the minds of those that witness them.  The hope is that each Decentralized Action is like a seed that will bring forth fruit and multiply in the form of more Decentralized Actions conducted by those who witness them.  If this meme based theory holds up, the best is yet to come.  Specifically, we should see a rise in Decentralized Actions in the months following the DNC.  When these new actions sprout, seemingly from no where as more Americans become decentralized resisters, cities such as Boston will face a larger resistance without the full boot of the federal police state behind them.  If the many thousands of storm troopers occupying Boston during the DNC were confused, you can imagine how confused the Boston police will be when they face this resistance on their own.

As the DNC leaves Boston, the city's resistance should not view the event as over.  The DNC itself may be over but a new phase of resistance is just beginning.  The evacuation of the feds should be met with a rise in Decentralized Actions.

The weekend starts tomorrow.


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