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(en) US, Montana anarchists protest

Date Sat, 26 Aug 2006 11:08:27 +0300

Bozeman anarchist contingent* marches with peace protesters, and gets
mistaken to be members of the racist group National Alliance by protesters...
On Mothers Day 2006, a mass peace demonstration was organized
by the Montana Women For Peace. Anarchists were aware that it
would be full of peace signs and American flags, but felt that a
contrasting and alternative path to peace other than continued rule
by capitalists and reformist polititions be offered at this very
nationalistic, neoliberal march. Phone calls we made, black flags
waved and anarchists from around town marched towards Linnley
Park where the peace rally was being held prior to the march.

The rally consisted of reformist speeches and music. The small
anarchist contingent gathered together, waved flags and had a
relaxing time (the rally went two hours longer than planned by the
MWP). This is precisely when peace protesters started spreading
ignorant rumors that we were the National Alliance. The National
Alliance is a white supremacist group that held a rally in Bozeman
on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2005. A large counter demo was
held and many of the anarchists (including the author of the article)
present at the peace rally also participated in the MLK 05' counter

During the rally we clearly identified ourselves by waving the Red
and Black, The Black, and the upside down American flag. The
"Circle A" symbol and a large anti-authoritarian banner were
displayed--a few of us had no banners but had anarchist sympathies.
A hippie lady came up and asked us what our symbols stood for. We
were, of course, happy to explain, and that's when she let us know
that protesters at the rally thought that we were the National
Alliance. She told us that people were confusing the "Circle A" with
National Alliance insignia!

As the rally continued past the planned march time, the contingent
left the park and went to the street to have a little demo in front of
the park and wait for the rest of the protesters to march. While
standing on the sidewalk and waving our flags, the "peace police", in
this instance MWP women dressed up as lady liberty, began
harassing us to get off the sidewalk while standing on it themselves!
During our little pre-march rally we received honks of support and
shouts of hate in about equal numbers.

Finally the march begin and the contingent picked up a few
anti-authoritarians as the march moved down Main Street towards
the court house were we were told that it would "immediately

Once the march had reached its "ordered" end, the contingent
quickly set up shop and occupied the courthouse steps for a little flag
burning. It was at this point moments prior to the flag destruction
that the most ignorant and vocal peace protesters yelled at us to
change our symbols because they fucked up and thought we were
racists! We simply replied that we don't change shit for ignorant folk.

The upside-down American flag flew atop a 10 ft. PVC pipe and
looked quite wonderful engulfed in flames. The flag burning drew no
negative comments that we could hear from the quickly dispersing
crowd. Only a few shouts of support from young girls marching with
parents! Overall the march must have at least enlightened a few
people to the symbols that anarchists sometimes use. Unfortunately
our symbols are the least important part of anarchism.

Check out the pics at

*please not the anarchists in this particular march are only organized
on a friendship basis, there is no formal organization as of yet.
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