"Radical Problems" (Anti-Anarchist Scare Story)
- News & Views for Anarchists & Activists:
Radical problem: Anarchists may target DNC with violent protests
By Dave Wedge
Thursday, April 8, 2004
Wary of increasingly violent radical groups, authorities are
bracing for a possible invasion of unruly party crashers at
this summer's Democratic National Convention, including some
underground extremists who endorse rioting and mayhem.
"What we're hearing from some groups is to direct violence
at persons, including law enforcement," FBI spokeswoman Gail
Marcinkiewicz said yesterday.
[Odd how they fail to name these groups.--DC]
The Hub-based anarchist network BAAM has been hosting
regular meetings at MIT "to plan out resistance to the DNC."
The group's name refers to "the pleasant sound of
authoritarianism being smashed," according to its Web site.
Anti-war and anti-capitalism, BAAM promotes rioting on the
site, urging members to "ALWAYS cover your face (bandanas
and hats work great)."
The group also issues veiled threats against the police, the
FBI, the IRS and locally based corporate giants like
Fidelity, Citibank and Fleet.
"In event of war . . . attack the real enemy," the site
states, alluding to bombing and providing addresses of
Boston businesses and government agencies.
Another Hub-based anarchist cell, the Bl(A)ck Tea Society
calls for "direct actions to confront the Democratic
National Convention in Boston." The group's rallying cry,
according to their Web site is: "No DNC: finish the american
[What, couldn't find anything that could be misrepresented
as a call to violence?--DC]
Increasingly violent and organized national extremist groups
that could show up at the DNC -- such as the Animal
Liberation Front and the Earth Liberation Front -- are known
to wear full riot gear, lock themselves to buildings, use
slingshots to shoot flames, bleach and feces and call in
[Remarckable lack of documentation for these implausible
"People are welcome to come here and express themselves, but
they are not welcome to come here and destroy property or
put anyone in harm's way," Boston police spokeswoman
Mariellen Burns said.
[So the police won't be welcome there, then?--DC]
Also in the planning stages is a march of anarchists,
anti-globalization activists and other fringe groups from
the DNC to the Republican National Convention in New York
City, which is a month after the July 26-29 Boston event.
[Oh my god, a march! How violent!!--DC]
Hub authorities are preparing based on violent clashes at
past high-security events, including the 1999 WTO riots in
Seattle and the 2000 RNC and DNC in Philadelphia and Los
Angeles respectively. Both 2000 conventions saw sporadic
unrest and hundreds of arrests.
[And practically no convictions.--DC]
In Philadelphia, the violence was more widespread with
protesters reportedly using urine- and acid-filled Super
Soaker guns on police, lighting fires and blocking traffic.
[Again with hundreds of arrests and practically no
Bl(A)ck Tea Society:
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"It's a political statement -- or, rather, an
*anti*-political statement. The symbol for *anarchy*!"
-- Batman, explaining the circle-A graffiti, in
_Detective Comics_ #608