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    News for Anarchists & Activists: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo It s a political statement -- or, rather, an *anti*-political statement. The symbol for
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      News for Anarchists & Activists:
      http://groups.yahoo.com/group/smygo

      "It's a political statement -- or, rather, an
      *anti*-political statement. The symbol for *anarchy*!"
      -- Batman, explaining the circle-A graffiti, _Detective
      Comics_ #608

      Published Saturday, Aug. 4, 2001, in the San Jose Mercury
      News

      Statue of explorer is beheaded; graffiti associated with
      anarchists

      SANTA BARBARA (AP) -- A marble statue of Christopher
      Columbus has been beheaded and spray-painted in an apparent
      protest of the explorer's treatment of indigenous peoples.

      Painted on the statue were a peace sign and the letter ``A''
      surrounded by a circle, often associated with anarchist
      groups. On the back were the spray-painted words, ``Tell
      children the truth.''

      An upside-down American flag was placed in front of the
      statue, with the words ``Truth: 509 years of indigenous
      genocide.''

      It was 509 years ago this week that Columbus set sail across
      the Atlantic.

      The vandalism is reminiscent of a sledgehammer attack March
      8 on a marble statue of Columbus in the lobby of San Jose
      City Hall.

      James Cosner, 31, of Ben Lomond faces charges of vandalism
      and burglary with a hate-crime enhancement.

      While Columbus is credited with discovering America, he is
      criticized as a symbol of European exploitation of native
      peoples.

      It wasn't clear when the damage at Jun(acu)pero Serra Hall
      in Santa Barbara occurred. The statue, which will be
      restored, is owned by the Knights of Columbus.

      --
      Dan Clore
      mailto:clore@...

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