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(en) US, San Francisco, Media, [Infoshop News] Clownarchy strikes BART in San Francisco

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Date Sun, 8 Feb 2004 20:00:19 +0100 (CET)


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From: Chuck0 <chuck-A-mutualaid.org> Be sure to visit the URL to see the great photo!
20 clowns surprise BART riders and a train becomes a fun house Red-nosed activists
turn one trip into political theater URL: sfgate.com/article.cgi?file=/c/a/2004/02/07/BAG114REFI1.DTL
Twenty clowns on a mission rode BART on Friday, which is usually not a funny thing to do.
Nobody told that to the clowns, however. They had a great time, and so did the
perplexed passengers who made the mistake of asking what, exactly, they were doing.
"The world has become a circus,'' replied one clown. "Someone needs to
pull the pants down on our leaders.''
Brenna Olivier, from underneath her red nose, said she was trying to
"cultivate peace, harmony and throw the bums out of office.''

"Other forms of protest have been done to death,'' she said. "This is a
way of energizing folks.''

The clowns were dressed as President Bush, as Attorney General John
Ashcroft and as a porn star.

"Bush is giving clowning a bad name,'' said Lawrenzo the Clown.

The clowns, all members of a group called Clownarchy, boarded a
westbound BART train at San Francisco's Embarcadero Station and rode to
16th Street. On the way, they passed out flyers urging non-clowns to put
on a nose and join the troupe for a Million Clown March on Washington in
October.

Passengers seemed amused, puzzled, overjoyed or bored by the display.
Somewhere below Market Street, Ellie Kim, a student at the Boalt Hall
School of Law, was trying to read a legal text while several clowns
juggled around her.

"I think this is the First Amendment in action,'' Kim said, looking up
from her book at last. "But I'm just a first-year student, so I could be
wrong. ''

One-year-old Hazel Praught cried when she saw the deluge of clowns. Her
mom, Michelle, said she hoped her daughter was not scarred for life.

"One clown is scary enough,'' she said.

The anarchist clowns were sufficiently law-abiding to realize that they
could save the cost of a BART fare if they crossed the platform at 16th
Street and returned on an eastbound train to Embarcadero without exiting
the station. And that's what they did.

"We have to conserve our resources,'' said a clown.


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