Friday, March 14, 2008

Anarchists plan to disrupt Democratic National Convention, harass delegates

This gets wilder and wilder. El Presidente at Slapstick Politics links to anarchist group Unconventional Action's plans (clearly coordinated with Recreate68!, the protest group with which the DNC and the city have negotiated for over a year) to disrupt the convention:
Unconventional Action will target a variety of the 1,500 proposed fundraisers, countless delegate hotels, and designated institutions perpetuating global injustice. Using space reclamation, street theatre, direct confrontation, positive action, and a broad array of other tactics, we will force the national media to question the Democratic Party’s failures, hold Democratic candidates accountable for their abuses of power, and engage in direct actions that reflect our ultimate goals of joy and liberation through creativity and confrontation.
The plan follows Recreate68's basic schedule (if this is Monday, it must be "Free Political Prisoners/Human Rights Day"), but includes this little touch for the 26th ("No Global Warming Day"):
STOP THE VOTE!!! WE VOTE NO!! Tuesday is the day when all the delegates put in their vote for who will represent the Democrats in the election, BUT THEY ONLY HAVE UNTIL 6PM TO VOTE and it is a long, arduous process. We encourage people to focus on ways to stop the delegates from getting to the Pepsi center to vote. Our targets: hotels, intersections, and transportation systems. . Special attention will be given to keeping the so called “super-delegates” (what funny comic book characters they would be…) from being able to attend the vote. ALL TACTICS WELCOME AND ENCOURAGED!!! Come prepared with a plan and ready to make a stand with your affinity group and friends [my emphasis].
No mention of mint levitation. Probably too dorky for anarchists. EP's got a lot more.

Update: Of course, there's the distinct possibility that the vast revolutionary mobs conjured up by UA's plans will end up being the same 50 or 75 yokels who turn out for everything around here.

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