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Anarchists Want $50M To Lay Off The DNC

From the (Denver) Rocky Mountain News:

Anarchists offer DNC deal to Denver

They’ll go away if $50 million goes to community

By Daniel J. Chacon

A group of self-described anarchists threatening to disrupt the Democratic National Convention is promising to go away if the $50 million federal grant that Denver received to pay for convention security is invested in the community instead.

“As anarchists, we feel the greatest problem with government is how its primary interest is to protect the profits of those in power, even when it comes at the expense of the general public,” Clayton Dewey, an organizer with Unconventional Denver, said in a statement.

“Spending $50 million on weaponry to attack people voicing their opinion and flooding the streets with riot police while schools close down, children go without health care and people lose their homes is exactly the problem with the corrupt two-party system we’re opposing this August,” he said.

Lindy Eichenbaum Lent, a senior adviser to Mayor John Hickenlooper, said the grant is needed to protect the public, including protesters.

“Congress appropriated these security-designated funds to both convention host cities because, in a post- 9/11 world, planning for major national events like this requires heightened security preparations,” she said. “It is in the interest of local residents, businesses and visitors, including those participating in demonstrations, to have a safe and secure event.”

Denver officials said last week they expect to spend more than $18 million on police equipment for the DNC, but the purchases won’t include high-tech weapons that use sonic waves to incapacitate protesters or “goo” guns to immobilize them.

Unconventional Denver is the local organizing body of a national network of anarchists mobilizing against the DNC, said Tim Simons, another organizer.

Simons said the group’s offer to sit out the convention if the city, the federal government and the DNC all agree to “redirect” the $50 million to things such as health care, education and housing is not a publicity stunt.

“We understand that it’s far-fetched, but it’s a sincere offer,” he said…

This is different from terrorism how? Or from a mafia shakedown?

Just imagine the outrage from our media if rightwingers ever tried something like this? (Of course you first have to imagine that the rightwing would even have militants.)

But something tells me these heroes are putting out these feelers because they are afraid they aren’t going to get the turnout they had hoped for.

(Thanks to the ever watchful BillK for the heads up.)

This article was posted by Steve on Wednesday, July 30th, 2008. Comments are currently closed.

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