Anarchists say they're being scapegoated
Damage to an Royal Bank branch in Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood after a fire attack Tuesday. Photo: Fred Chartrand, the Canadian Press
An Ontario anarchist group has sent out an email press release criticizing the media for making "scapegoats" of anarchists in the recent arson attack in Ottawa.
Common Cause describes itself as an anarchy group with branches in Ottawa, London, Toronto and Hamilton. The group insists there is no indication the recent firebombing of a Royal Bank branch in Ottawa's Glebe neighbourhood had anything to do with anarchists.
"Nowhere in the statement or video that was published online was it claimed that those responsible were anarchists," the press release states. "For the media to claim that this is the work of anarchists without any evidence is the worst sort of red-baiting and gets a F grade in basic journalism."
The press release goes on to say that Common Cause has no idea what the perpetrators' politics are, nor can they "rule out the possibility that this act was carried out by agent-provocateurs."
"Workers, including bank workers, have nothing to fear from anarchists," Common Cause states. "Together the working class has the power to shut this entire capitalist system down and work for our own needs instead of the profits of the bosses."
In the press release, Common Cause says anarchism is not about violence but "creating a highly organized and democratic society, free of hierarchy and exploitation." The group says they want to challenge capitalism through labour and community organizing, using methods that include strikes, picket lines and occupations.
And as it turns out, anarchists are also into neatly worded, well-constructed press releases, as it would seem. There are publicists out there who could learn a thing or two from these guys when it comes to composing a well-written press statement.