[With Kim Sky's permission, I am reposting an email about the soldier-effigy burning. It brings forward a helluva lot of contradictions; and I can't think of a better place for a discussion of them than among y'all. -SG]
Portland Anarchists Burn Soldier Effigy — now on Drudge Report
this has been kind of interesting. drudge took the link down after one day, didn’t let it stay up longer like he does with news like — how anna nicole died.
so. the protest held in portland had some 200 to 300 anarchists running around making the police very angry, and suffered brutal tear gas attacks, attacks with batons, and arrests. basically many of these kids are very, very young, and to see them put themselves on the line like this was difficult — a kind of suicidal type behavior and/or very brave. they would leave the main publicized peace march streets and head onto unassigned streets and whenever there were a small number of bystanders around the police would let loose.
here’s a link to just one of those incidents: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vcyz-RUcwGc
Here you can see in the video they did burn an effigy of a marine. The video as of today has received some 15,000 hits.
As the piece was produced by portland-indymedia, the siting on Drudge was discussed:
What does this type of imagery pose for the mainstream or right-wing out there? Obviously a lot of venom. An expose in the ultra ignorance that people have toward Anarchism as a political movement — the word anarchy rattles around in their brains.
Portland-Indymedia chose to throw in the compose bin a request by a news agency from Idaho for an anarchist interviewee. http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2007/03/356523.shtml — I’m not too sure why? This was the beginning of some interesting responses.
Anyway. The issue of “supporting our troops” is a key one in all of this.