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Saturday, April 29, 2006
Moonbats Over Minnesota

A bunch of particularly dumb students (both high school and college) vandalize a military recruitment center.

Riva Garcia, 15, a freshman at Minneapolis South High School, told the crowd that she believes the war is racist and that the military is using dirty tactics to get minorities to enlist.

"We, as working class, minority and immigrant youth, deserve equal access to education," she said. "We don't deserve to die for our country just because someone told us to. We deserve to be heard, and to be recognized as the future of this country."

Well, you know, Riva, you could have had equal access to education if you'd been in school yesterday instead of splashing red paint on a recruiter's office.

Michelle Malkin has more.

Here's a post by Anonymous claiming that the Black Bloc was doing wonderful stuff:

As the bloc assembled and encougared the crowd to resist the arrests, people rushed towards the unprotected officers dragging students away. A few horses were rushed into the crowd, and a few of the "official" organizers of the protest demanded that the protesters sit down.

While the main body of the protesters sat, the bloc was isolated and alone in their efforts to free the few who had been grabbed. Only one was rescued. The organizers demanded that the protesters remain seated while the police scoped out the isolated bloc. While the "official" organizers debated about what course of action to take, the arrested students were put in cars and removed from the event.

The event ended when the organizers directed the protesters back to Coffman Memorial Union. After attempts at an empowering speech, the organizers ran off of the protester's sense of empowerment that was created by the bloc's actions. All while demanding that the protest reamin a "peaceful protest." Several more demands were made of the protesters through a game of repeat to organize a bigger and stonger movement, but no mention of bigger, more powerful actions. The protest was then disassembled by the "official" organizers.

Note particularly the comments on that post:

I'm in the kind of awkward position of being one the the main people who organized this walkout, but also being very sympathetic to the black bloc, which has gotten me some heat with the other protest organizers.

I was asked a few times today to join the black bloc in Minneapolis, and thought about it, but a variety of reasons had me turn it down (they are legitimate reasons, and not merely a "pussing out" on my part, or at the very least a pussing out that most people would understand.)

However, I did try to stay close to the black bloc in case there was any legitimate need for action. What happened at the protest today was bullsh*t, and I think everybody recognizes it as that. As if "throwing paint" was a "high crime" in the first place, the police didn't even attempt to locate the person who threw the paint, but simply took away innocent people who did nothing as a way to intimidate the crowd. A "see, you don't have to do anything to get arrested" type of thing. The UMPD has a f*cking John Wayne complex, and this is not the first time I have seen them show their ugliness.

Here's a look at the Black Bloc:

The sign at the front of the march is rather ironic:

If you want college, not combat, how come you took off from college to combat military recruitment?

But the protest babes were in evidence:

See also Nathan Bradfield.

Blue Crab Boulevard has some thoughts about the losers and the winners in this particular incident that I second.
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