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News :: Politics
Kansas City: Anarchist anti-war protest rocks Plaza
23 May 2005
This afternoon, at 4 pm next to the J.C. Nichols Fountain on the Plaza (47th & J.C. Nichols Pkwy), the liberal peace rally occurred as usual. However, this time a group of twenty anarchists--with bandanas masking their faces--showed up to provide an alternative: radical direct action protesting the Iraq War.
Kansas City: Anarchist anti-war protest rocks Plaza

By anonymous for Infoshop News (news.infoshop.org)

Sunday May 22, 2005

Kansas City – This afternoon, at 4 pm next to the J.C. Nichols Fountain on the Plaza (47th & J.C. Nichols Pkwy), the liberal peace rally occurred as usual. However, this time a group of twenty anarchists--with bandanas masking their faces--showed up to provide an alternative: radical direct action protesting the Iraq War.

The anarchist protesters marched through the liberal peace rally chanting, "We're fed up with symbolism. Take the Streets, Disrupt the War!" They then ran through the streets and sidewalks, proceeding to cause havoc on the Plaza from 47th & J.C. Nichols Pkwy to 47th & Jefferson. Some of the protesters were on bikes--they created traffic interference and blocked intersections. Trashcans, newspaper stands, tables from yuppie establishments, and other items were flipped over and thrown into the streets. Minor property destruction occurred. Anarchist graffiti of the “Circle A” (the anarchist symbol) was discovered later near the scene.

The anti-war, anti-capitalist, and anti-government message of the protesters was clearly articulated through chants they were shouting while causing chaos on the Plaza. These slogans included: "Fight the Rich. Arm the Poor. We want a Class War." An anonymous protester explained to onlookers that the Plaza was disrupted because it is owned by the Rich, who are operating the Iraq War, and serves as the "urban playground" for Kansas City Metro’s Rich and Upper Class--while at the same time, mass poverty abounds in the metropolitan area. The protesters stressed that the only way to stop the Iraq War is to overthrow the racist capitalist system behind it.

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See also:
http://www.kcdirectaction.net/
http://news.infoshop.org/

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hell yes
23 May 2005
boston militants ought to take the hint and dish out some people's justice to newbury street, for once!
Re: Kansas City: Anarchist anti-war protest rocks Plaza
23 May 2005
Yeah we haven't tried that move in several years have we.

Maybe we can also resurrect the time-honored tradition of running around in the financial district on the weekend, wondering why nobody's around.