What is Black Bloc?

Kit O'Connell
Sep 11, 2017 · 4 min read
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Two activists in black clothes and black bandannas photographed at a rally on May Day 2012 in Portland Oregon. (Flickr / Karney Hatch, CC license)

Why Do Protesters Wear Masks?

First published in the “Protest 101” zine published by Oh Shit! What Now? and Crustacean Zine Library.

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Masked and helmeted antifascist activists face off with Texas State Troopers in riot armor at a June 10, 2017 counter-protest to the anti-Muslim “March Against Sharia” in Austin, Texas. (Flickr / Ann Harkness, CC license)

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