BCJN Steering Co. statement on tactics used by demonstrators
at the meeting of the G20 in Hamburg
We applaud the courageous and disciplined nonviolent civil resistance and direct action against the G20 meeting. We oppose the actions of those who are using violence and looting to express their opposition to capitalism and to the actions and policies of G20 governments.
We believe that disciplined, militant, nonviolent tactics will advance efforts for system change and social, economic, racial and political justice, and that violent tactics undermine the focused efforts of those engaging in NVDA (non-violent direct action).
To the extent that police forces in Hamburg, militarized or otherwise, have engaged in shutting down peaceful protest and right to assembly, have provoked confrontation, have abused their authority, as we’re sure they have, they should be condemned.
BCJN Steering Committee — Mary Hemings, Martha McClintock,