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San Francisco Rabble Brings Discredit on Antiwar Movement

The outrageous disruptions launched by alleged "antiwar" protesters in San Francisco had nothing to do with opposition to the war, nothing to do with changing the foreign policy of this country, and no rational person could possibly endorse them.
Masked thugs stopped cars, and tried to drag people out. These "peaceful" protesters had quite an array of weapons: stun guns, crowbars, brass knuckles, and other instruments of mayhem were confiscated from arrested demonstrators. They deliberately blocked streets, tied up the entire city for 8 hours, broke windows, threw rocks, and wreaked havoc, acting like the hooligans they are. Some of them wore masks, demonstrating that they are also cowards. News crews were assaulted with spraypaint, rocks, and other objects.

A milder version of these tactics were replicated in Chicago, Washington, D.C., New York City, and elsewhere, but San Francisco was, naturally, the worst. Over 1,000 people were arrested in the City by the Bay, but most were, unfortunately, released. Shouting their defiance - "We'll be back! We'll be back!" - they are still out there, as I write [10:00 PM, March 20], moving in groups from intersection to intersection, creating as much chaos as possible. They are organized, they are violent, and they are nuts.

It's an outrage that they have been allowed to get away with this. The San Francisco Police Department tells us that these people were mostly cited and immediately released, but if they are arrested again they will be charged. What nonsense! Can anyone imagine what would happen if pro-war demonstrators went on a violent rampage in San Francisco? They would be charged with felony riot and thrown in jail for years.

Why is the Left - and I use the term really loosely, since it is flattering these people to ascribe political motives to their mindless actions - immune from the law? Doesn't the city government have a responsibility to keep public order?

The San Francisco Chronicle cites one Benna Kollinsky, who was among those blocking the corner of Montgomery and Clay streets for more than two hours:

"This is a total shutdown,'' I thought we'd be lucky to close it down for an hour. We've run this block all morning.''

Can you believe the nerve of this arrogant thugette? As they say: Only in San Francisco!

These people are the lowest form of thrill-seekers, no better than roving packs of dogs, who go after any "target of opportunity" for any reason. The marauders who have taken over the streets of San Francisco are a free gift to the War Party, which is delighted to magnify their idiocy and broadcast it from coast to coast.

Peaceful, legal, and massive demonstrations are the only way to stop this war. The crazed actions of a few opportunistic nutballs put the broader antiwar movement in danger - and discredit legitimate, meaningful forms of dissent.

To have to sit and listen to a local news anchor interview some sneering ghoul of a woman named "Planet" justify mindless disruption because "Life can't go on as usual," is just too much for me to bear. Spare us the self-righteous baloney, "Planet" - life will go on, in spite of George W. Bush and his cabal of warmongering chickenhawks, and thank God for that!

Oh, and do something about that hair, girlfriend - like washing it, for a start.

Justin Raimondo is the editorial director of Antiwar.com.

homepage: homepage: http://www.antiwar.com/orig/sfprotests.html


infiltrator? 21.Mar.2003 18:13

oak

I'm beggining to the think the feds have people writing bogus articles in a febal attempt to make people feel bad for being successful. I hadn't heard about people pulling people out of cars, and I certainly don't believe you. If they did, that's over the line, but traffic is no sacred cow. In fact, it's the arteries and veins of the system that oppresses us. I am surprised that more people didn't ditch their cars and join the protesters. Keep up the good work P-town.

Fluff, yes antiwar.com give us more 21.Mar.2003 18:15

necros

It is easy to try & rationalize people's actions when you portray them as crazy thugs. But the fact of the matter is people aren't that stupid. Rather individuals all over the world tried to shut down government, economic, and physical infrastructure so as to impede that which allows war to occur. It is a different goal from the middle class liberal idea of "expressing one's opinion". Bush already said he could care less about your opinion. In the tradition of Thoreau, MLK, Ghandi, etc., we realize that the only way to regain power is to take it back. Which power? The power or ability to make war. This can only occur if the economic, personal, informational, and governmental infrastructure of the nation is allowed to continue as normal. Instead many have taken to the streets to reclaim our right to oppose the fruit of our labors and taxes being used to murder and exploit, and acts done in our name.In this way we have moved from mere expression to resistance. Through resisting some of us hope to reclaim the innate and inalienable right to self-governance, freedom, and internationalism.

Justin Raimondo works for CIA or FBI ? 21.Mar.2003 18:15

BB

Justin Raimondo works for CIA or FBI ?

HEY BUTTFUCKER 21.Mar.2003 18:18

blow-yourself.com

who the fuck are you to say how we are going to stop this war? you can sit around singing "we are the world" with your no war signs - while others take action -

go fuck yourself

appalled 21.Mar.2003 18:25

xoxo

I am a housewife from suburban (WaCo) Portland Oregon.
I am appalled that the above poster does not support
a general strike against the war. If more people went out
and stood in the street things would come to a halt.
I don't believe for one minute that "real" protesters
are car-jacking people or running around with brass knuckles.
last night in portland oregon I went downtown. I stood In the street. I saw who was there. Sure, there are lots of homeless(they are our hosts after all), some hoods, but they are not at the core.

last night here in portland many protesters reported being hit by cars. Are drivers mowing down protesters in SF?
Or does this kind of thing only happen here?

protesters are NOT thugs.
Thugs are thugs

It also my belief that if it hadn't been for all these
Civil Disobedience protests against the invasion of Iraq
by the Man who stole the white House, far greater numbers of civilians would be in danger.

planet made need a shower, but you need a lesson in treating people with kindness and respect.
I feel sorry for you, that you haven't yet learned that
what you sow, you reap.

To the HOUSEWIFE 21.Mar.2003 18:54

Mary

You are a HOUSEWIFE, and I am a little girl, and I am going to burn the city. I don't have lesson to receive of you !

Return to your prayer and to your furnace ! I am going to do the only thing that I have to do : riots !

House Wives For Ever 21.Mar.2003 19:42

Morgan G.

Dear Mary and Raiul and all other rioters,

Rice is an evil person first, and perhaps a housewife second.

If you condemn houses, where exactly are people going to live in your beautiful future world?

If you try to burn my house, I will consider you my enemy. I will do my best to love you but I will protect my family. Mary, Raiul, are you sure you want to be the enemy of all who live in houses?

My suspicion is that you are agents of the State, placed here in order to excuse police violence. Or perhaps I have not understood the subtleties of your political strategy.

by any means necessary 22.Mar.2003 01:20

anonymous

Yeah! So many people are risen up! Bullshit to the brass knuckles!

SF rocked!

We rocked! We gained momentum!

Yea housewife!

Yea diversity of tactics!

But please don't physically assault each other!

Rise up! Rise up! Rise Up! RISE UP!

Now sit down and keep it blocked!!! HAHAHA!

quote from Raimondo's screed 22.Mar.2003 02:00

fuck libertarians

"They are organized, they are violent, and they are nuts."
quote from Raimondo's screed
quote from Raimondo's screed