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Black bloc

A black bloc is an often non-violent protest tactic utilized primarily by radical leftist activists. Originating in Germany in the 1980s with anti-nuclear activists, the protesters wear all black clothing along with ski masks and helmets. Also known as Autonomen, often times they carry shields as a form of defense against crowd control tactics. Black blocs were largely localized to Europe, but gained worldwide media attention in Seattle in 1999 at protests against the WTO.

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