Minneapolis officials have confirmed what most people know: that the violence that was wrought last night in the streets was not by protesters, but rather by outside agitators – agents provocateur – who descended upon the city to provoke and justify a militarized and violent response from police.
[CORRECTION: Turns out that the civil authorities were either lying or incorrect; the violence did come from people from MN. It should be noted that the police throughout this country have engaged in some unspeakable acts of violence during these protests, and the line between peaceful protest and riot often depends on what the police do when they’re suited up like storm troopers on American streets.]
Evidence has also emerged on various channels, including twitter, that at least some of the instigators are apparently police officers or their allies themselves who dress up as black bloc protesters in order to incite violence.
Raleigh has seen its own attempts to incite violence. For weeks now, out-of-city fascists have appeared on city streets with military-grade weaponry and have gone unchallenged by police. These people seek to create the grounds for a violent crackdown.
Here’s Cornel West speaking eloquently about this problem: