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(en) US, Palo Alto, Media: Self-Described Police Expect 800 Anarchists at Palo Alto Protest

Date Sat, 25 Jun 2005 11:28:42 +0300


(BCN) Palo Alto police are expecting more than 800 self-described
anarchists to descend on the downtown area Saturday night in what
authorities hope will be a peaceful demonstration.
Police have been preparing for the protest all week. An
earlier protest on May 20 brought approximately 200 people
to the downtown area, according to Palo Alto Police
Department spokeswoman Kara Apple.
"Various anarchist groups have posted on the Web and
downtown announcing a protest at 7 p.m. at Lytton Plaza,"
Apple said. "We are anticipating around 800-plus people."

Police have requested assistance from other area law
enforcement agencies and plan to have a significant presence
on the streets during the demonstration.

"If it's peaceful, great, but we will protect life and
property," Apple said.

On-street parking will not be allowed on University Avenue
between High and Ramona streets and on Emerson Street
between Lytton Street and Hamilton Avenue on Saturday night,
Apple said.

The May demonstration lasted approximately four hours and
Apple estimated that Saturday's demonstration would last at
least that long.

Bay City News

*****

http://www.sfgate.com
PALO ALTO
Anarchists organize anti-war protest
Foes of empire, corporate greed to hit the streets
-- Maria Alicia Gaura, Chronicle Staff Writer
Friday, June 24, 2005

Bay Area anarchists, coming together in quite the organized
way, have scheduled a protest promptly at 7 p.m. Saturday to
march "against empire and against the systemic war machine"
in an unlikely place: Palo Alto.

Such events are nearly an every-other-week occurrence in San
Francisco, the scene of marches with tens of thousands of
people following the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Palo Alto, a
city of 60,000, is known for its restaurants, boutiques and
Fortune 500 companies, but not particularly mass demonstrations.

News of the rally has prompted city police to request extra
officers from law enforcement agencies throughout Santa
Clara County, including the California Highway Patrol.

Based on information gleaned from flyers and Web sites
touting the event, police say they expect 800 anarchists and
other anti-war protesters to converge on Palo Alto's Lytton
Plaza.

"We are a small department," said Palo Alto Police detective
Kara Apple. "So for us to accommodate the protest, whether
it is peaceful or not, various law enforcement agencies are
going to have officers on hand."

An unsigned communique from Anarchist Action-Palo Alto, one
of the groups promoting the rally, scoffed at the crowd
estimates as "impossibly inflated," but then added, "We can
only hope."

Questions about the event directed to Anarchist Action-Palo
Alto were answered with unsigned e-mails. Respondents said
they relied on anonymity to avoid police harassment.

Saturday's self-billed "Revolutionary March Against War &
Empire" is expected to draw a number of groups, including
the Peninsula Anarchist Collective and the New Morning
Anarchist Collective.

Participants will protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan
and support struggles against globalization, swelling
corporate power and government actions that benefit the rich
at the expense of the world's poor.

Police have expressed concern that the rally will also draw
radical environmentalists and animal liberation activists.

The anonymous respondent from Anarchist Action said Palo
Alto had been chosen as the site of protest because the city
is home to many of the group's members, as well as home to
corporations "which are profiting off the U.S. occupation of
Iraq."

While hoping the event will be peaceful, police note that a
much smaller protest May 20 spun out of control and caught
them unprepared. About 200 protesters, many affiliated with
local anarchist collectives, broke into small groups that
night and dispersed across the city's downtown streets.

Windows at a Starbucks, American Express, E-Trade and on a
police cruiser were broken that night, according to
Anarchist Action. Two participants were arrested.

An anonymous spokesperson from Anarchist Action said the
group had not planned or carried out the vandalism but that
the group "supports all constructive action taken against
exploitative corporations and oppressive police departments."

Starbucks Corp., which also relied on an anonymous
spokesperson, said Thursday the corporation was aware that
the march was planned but had not ordered any special
precautions.

Sandra Lonnquist, CEO of the Palo Alto Chamber of Commerce,
said police had met with downtown business owners to warn
them of the protest.

Volunteers will distribute informational flyers to
businesses on University Avenue, which was most affected by
the previous protest.

"But we're not anticipating any really untoward behavior,"
Lonnquist said. "The (police) are definitely more geared up
this time, but no one has been advised to shut down or
anything."

Protests are not unheard of in Palo Alto, which is also
home, of course, to Stanford University.

Palo Alto Police Chief Lynne Johnson said the city had now
adopted a "no tolerance" policy toward vandalism. She also
warned that young people who got caught up in lawless
activity could find that an arrest record impeded college
application plans.

"Lytton Plaza is a very common area for groups to exercise
their First Amendment rights," said Detective Apple, who
noted that Anarchist Action had not applied for a special
event permit.

"But when we talk about spilling out onto the street, or
taking over the streets, that is something different," Apple
said. "We plan to take action this time, and we will have
the numbers to do so."

E-mail Maria Alicia Gaura at
mailto:mgaura@sfchronicle.com

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http://cbs5.com/localnews/local_story_175212909.html
CBS 5 | http://www2.cbs5.com
Anti-War Protestors To Descend On Palo Alto
Jun 24, 2005 6:23 pm US/Pacific
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