According to PickAxe Production's video, entitled "Breaking the Spell," a documentary
on the November 1999 WTO
demonstrations, but told from the perspective
of the Black Bloc and the Eugene, OR anarchists
Their reasoning for the property destruction: How do you stop a corporation
? You can't put a multinational
corporation in jail. The key is to hurt these businesses as much as possible. As a result, during the Battle of Seattle
, key corporations such as Nike
were targeted by the Black Blocs as prime candidates for a thorough trashing.
One of the most ironic lines from the film: a woman selling newspapers on the corner was asked what her opinion of the demonstrations was, and she said she liked the peaceful demonstrations, but vandalism
is vandalism. When prompted then what she thought of the Boston Tea Party
, she enthusiastically replied, "I love it!"