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A group of protesters vandalized dozens of businesses, cars and any property they came across while they marched through the Mission on Monday night.
The mile-long trek of vandalism began on 18th and Dolores streets, where a group of more than 100 protesters met as part of an early May Day march. Protesters walked West on 18th Street, turned left on Valencia Street, turned right on Duboce Avenue and another made a right on Mission Street before being confronted by riot police at 14th and Mission streets, according to Justin Beck and independent journalist who followed the protesters.
It is not immediately known how many people were arrested. The Occupy San Francisco group released a statement early Tuesday Morning saying that the group of vandals were not part of the movement, but the statement was taken down shortly after.
Several of the protesters, described as wearing all black and covering their faces, threw paint sacks and wrote anarchy signs and a message that read “Yuppies out!” at the restaurant’s windows.
rmed with crowbars, bats and other metal objects, a group of protesters smashed businesses windows in a five block stretch of Valencia Street, from 18th Street to Duboce Avenue.
The bar manager at Locanda, Gabriel Lowe remembers hearing three loud bangs, when he looked out the window he saw a protester throwing paint sacks at the storefront. Several witnesses said they saw a protester trying to break the windows with the valet parking sign that’s in front of the restaurant. The ordeal lasted about five minutes, he said.
A diminished group of protesters continued smashing car windshields, side minors and slashing tires as they marched through Valencia Street. Their attacks appeared to have bee targeted at luxury cars like BMW’s and Mercedes Benz’, but they also vandalized a 90s Toyota Sienna Mini Van.
Steven Lopez was having dinner with friends at his Glen Park home when he received a phone call from the alarm company telling them that someone had broken some of the windows at ArtZone 461 Gallery on Valencia Street.
“We area small art gallery, we are not elistist,” he said, puzzled why his gallery was targeted.
Heather Brodie, who is a student and an employee at Locanda came to her parked car only to find that vandals had smashed her windshield and door windows.
“They are hurting people like them,” she said, referring to herself as a working class citizen.
Some businesses like Four Barrel were spared from greater damage thanks to good Samaritans who tried to stop the protesters.
Originally posted by jibeho
They struck a small art gallery, vandalized small restaurants, damaged cars of the everyday working people etc etc. ......
Originally posted by jibeho
reply to post by seabag
Agreed! They struck a small art gallery, vandalized small restaurants, damaged cars of the everyday working people etc etc. There is no message here. Just simple criminal acts committed by a bunch of hoods. There is more to come.
They just arrested 5 "anarchists" in my neck of the woods in a plot to blow up a local bridge. You know who they will soon be attached to.
Originally posted by wrdwzrd
People also need to stop saying that these people are "false flag" agents, FBI, or CIA. I have no doubt that this has happened, the evidence is there and working in an anonymous group like Black Bloc leaves it open for infiltration BUT 99% of the time, these direct actions are committed by people who believe in what they are doing.
In my experience, Black Bloc movements are genuine and not infiltrated. It is the people who fund and direct these movements whos motives I question.
Originally posted by sonnny1
reply to post by jibeho
So......why doesnt those,in OWS take these guys masks off,and proceed to beat the living hell out of them? Are they afraid to do it?
If this was my movement,these "holes" wouldn't be in it.edit on 1-5-2012 by sonnny1 because: (no reason given)