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"Join The Revolution. Join The Party."
28 Mar 2000
Boston anarchists make some noise at spontaneous demonstration outside of 'BioSpace.com' cocktail party.
After a day’s worth of relative quiet from anti-biotech protesters, over a dozen anarchists took the opportunity to make some noise on Tuesday night at an exclusive cocktail party hosted by BioSpace.com at the Marriott Hotel in Copley Place.

The party was advertised in the BIO2000 conference brochure using the slogan “Join The Revolution. Join The Party.” and was accompanied by a slick promotion campaign that incorporated a skewed re-writing of Boston revolutionary history, comparing the multi-billion dollar market created by the growing bio-industry to the Boston Tea Party. Figuring that if any sort of “revolution” were to break out in our city, there was no way that we anarchists were going to miss out on the action...

With little time to organize anything too clever, we put together a last minute flyer that parodied BioSpace.com’s “Join The Revolution” advertisement with our own version:

“... Some 225 years ago, a revolution began in the Boston harbor. The issue was the rejection of the British tea trade. Today, Boston is home to another revolution, one that rejects the products and priorities of the biotech industry and proposes another, radically different vision in it’s place.”

To distribute the re-worked “call to revolution”, over a dozen black-clad anarchists arrived in front of the Marriott, causing considerable discomfort amongst the BioSpace.com party attendees who were filing into the hotel. Banging away on plastic 5-gallon buckets and displaying banners which read: “Whose Revolution? Theirs or Ours?”, “Smash The Capitalist Monopoly on Life”, and “We Will Not Sacrifice Our Lives For Profit”, the motley anarchist presence lasted for almost an hour.

With the night still young, the group left the scene and took to the streets, tying up traffic along Newbury Street (a street populated almost exclusively by yuppie boutiques and restaurants) and attracting some angry police attention. After splitting up and being followed by some undercover agents through the city, we eventually called it a night and went our separate ways.
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