ANTIFA INFO-BULLETIN, Anti-Klan Demo. Attacked

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UPDATES ON ANTI-KLAN DEMONSTRATION IN ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

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X. (AFIB) Editor's Note

1. (ARA) ANTI-RACIST ACTION: Anti-Klan Demonstrators
Arrested In Ann Arbor, Michigan

2. (AP) Protesters Get Rowdy, Police Lob Tear Gar
During Klan Rally

3. (REUTER) Violent Protest Hits Klan Rally In Michigan

4. (TDN) THE DETROIT NEWS: Anti-Klan Demonstrators
Rampage; Attack Police; 11 To Face Charges

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Editor's Note: Information from sources other than the
bourgeois media is somewhat sketchy at this point. The CNN
television report aired yesterday, clearly showed the police
attacking the demonstration prior to the so-called "rampage."
When several youths shook the fence, riot-clad cops began using
pepper spray. A sign attached to the chain-link fence
surrounding the police station where the Klan scum were holding
their hate rally read: "NOTICE: ANYONE TOUCHING THIS FENCE WILL
BE GASSED." CNN video footage also clearly showed Ann Arbor cops
beating a demonstrator already on the ground.

Media reports have depicted the robed Klan nightriders' as
"peaceful," while anti-racist activists are portrayed as
"rioters," engaged in a "violent protest." As is typical with
bourgeois media, neither background information nor context on
the terrorist history of the Ku Klux Klan is provided; reports
are generally skewed in favor of the cops and the fascists.

Needless to say, no mention is made of the murder of 5 anti-
Klan demonstrators in Greensboro, North Carolina.

On November 3, 1979, a hit-squad of Klansmen and members of
the Nazi Party organized into the United Racist Front (URF), shot
down 5 members of the Communist Workers Party, murdering them in
cold blood. Investigators later revealed that FBI provocateur,
Edward Dawson, recruited, organized and led the fascist death-
squad, while Bernard Butkovich, an agent with the Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms (BATF), supplied the URF assassins
with weaponry and with the names of those to be killed.

Butkovich subsequently assisted the killers in making their
escape. Police were fully aware of what would go down in
Greensboro, having pulled their units back moments before the
massacre.

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Date: Sun, 23 Jun 96 03:05:34 -0700
From: Arm The Spirit <ats@locust.cic.net>
Subject: Anti-Klan Demonstrators Arrested In Ann Arbour,
Michigan

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TWENTY FOUR PROTESTERS ARRESTED AT ANTI-KLAN DEMONSTRATION
IN ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN

On June 22, at an anti-klan rally of 500, twenty four (maybe
more) anti-racist demonstrators were arrested in a standoff with
the National Guard and state, county, and city police in Ann
Arbor, Michigan. The confrontation started with the police macing
a group of demonstrators who were verbally confronting police
willingness to protect the Klan. After the macing, demonstrators
fought back by throwing rocks. The police came back with tear gas
which the demonstrators threw back at the police. Downtown bank
windows were broken. What had started out as an anti-klan rally
turned into an anti-police riot. Two anti-racists were injured.
One whose leg was broken had to undergo surgery today. Those
arrested will be arraigned tomorrow at 10AM. Money for bail and
injuries can be sent to the address below:

Detroit ARA
P.O. Box 321211
Detroit, MI
48232 USA
Phone: 313 730 3555

More info when it becomes available...

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PROTESTERS GET ROWDY, POLICE LOB TEAR GAS DURING KLAN RALLY
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Copyright &copy 1996 Nando.net
Copyright &copy 1996 The Associated Press

ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Jun 22, 1996 6:05 p.m. EDT) -- Police
sprayed tear gas into the crowd during a Ku Klux Klan rally
Saturday after a few counter-demonstrators hurled rocks at
officers and rushed the door of a police station.

At least five of the 1,000 anti-Klan demonstrators were
arrested on charges including assault. No Klan members were
arrested.

One woman suffered a minor head injury, a man broke his leg
and 30 officers were treated for chemical irritation, said Police
Chief Carl Ent, who defended using tear gas.

"The actions by the police were just, in response to the
actions by the crowd," he said. "No actions were taken until the
crowd began pelting officers with rocks, bricks, sticks and
bottles."

The melee started about an hour after 15 Klan members began
the noon rally at police headquarters, where Ent said they were
allowed to assemble for their own safety. The police complex was
surrounded by an 8-foot chain-link fence.

During the rally, Klan members, some wearing their traditional
white robes and hats, chanted "White Power!"

When Klan speakers used racial epithets, several anti-Klan
demonstrators rushed the fence and began shouting obscenities at
officers who stood between the Klan and the protesters.

Within moments, rocks were flying.

Minutes later, a crowd rushed a heavily guarded side door of
the police station. An alarm sounded, police officers put on gas
masks and began lobbing tear gas canisters at the crowd.

"All I was doing was peacefully protesting. They threw tear
gas at us for no reason," Dorma Burnside, 21, said sobbing.

About 200 city, state and county police were assigned to
patrol the rally.

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http://www.yahoo.com/text/headlines/960622/news/stories/

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Reuters New Media
Saturday June 22 6:29 PM EDT
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VIOLENT PROTEST HITS KLAN RALLY IN MICHIGAN
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ANN ARBOR, Mich. (Reuter) - Police used tear gas Saturday to
disperse a rock-throwing crowd of 300 people protesting a rally
by a group of costumed Ku Klux Klansmen.

Ten people were arrested and two were injured in the melee
near Ann Arbor's city hall, police said. One of the injured was a
Klansman who was struck by a rock and the other was a
demonstrator whose leg may have been broken as the crowd fled the
tear gas, said Ann Arbor police Sgt. Joe Campbell.

The police, outfitted in riot gear to protect just 17
Klansmen, broke up the crowd of roughly 300 people opposed to the
white supremacist group when the protesters began pelting
officers with rocks, bottles and metal bolts.

``Once it got to the point that they were going to be violent
and continue to be violent, the officers responded,'' Campbell
said.

Some demonstrators took out their frustrations on a few
downtown businesses, breaking windows.

The Klan rally lasted just over one hour.

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Metro June 23, 1996
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ANTI-KLAN DEMONSTRATORS RAMPAGE, ATTACK POLICE; 11 TO FACE
CHARGES
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Image Caption: A white man, left, wearing a jacket displaying
a Confederate flag, was attacked by anti-Klan protesters. The
attack stopped when Keshia Thomas, above, threw herself on the
man to repel his tormentors. Photos by Joe DeVera / The Detroit
News

By David Shepardson / The Detroit News

ANN ARBOR -- Demonstrators angrily protested a Ku Klux Klan
rally Saturday, pelting police officers with rocks and other
objects and then went on a rampage, smashing windows at the
Washtenaw County Courthouse.

Police responded by tear-gassing hundreds of people and
arresting 11 of about 1,000 anti-Klan demonstrators, most on
felony assault charges, Ann Arbor Police Chief Carl Ent said.

"It was like a war zone," said Richard Sobel, an Ann Arbor
attorney with the National Lawyers Guild who was observing the
rally. "When you have barricades and hundreds of police officers
and an angry crowd, it's not surprising that there was violence."

One member of the Klan, a white supremacist group, suffered a
minor head injury when she was hit by a rock, and an anti-Klan
demonstrator suffered a broken leg when he was trampled. Both
were taken to the University of Michigan Hospitals.

The woman was the wife of Klansman Jeffery L. Berry, National
imperial wizard for the American Knights of the Klu Klux Klan.

"We plan to file ethnic intimidation charges," he said in a
telephone interview after the rally. "We didn't come here with
the intention of violence. They call us a hate group, but they
are the hate group. We believe in turning the other cheek. But if
we are backed into a corner, we will respond."

Police declined to identify the anti-Klan demonstrators as
members of a specific organization.

However, separate fliers being passed out in the crowd
described two groups as the Ann Arbor Organization to Defeat the
Klan, a loose coalition of community activists, and the National
Women's Rights Organizational Coalition.

At least 30 officers and at least a dozen people in the crowd
were treated for chemical irritation from the tear gas, Ent said.

"The actions by the police were just -- in response to the
actions by the crowd," Ent said. "There was a lot of restraint on
the part of the police. No actions were taken until the crowd
began pelting officers with rocks, bricks, sticks and bottles."

City officials, hoping to prevent violence, allowed the 15
Klan members to rally on top of the second-story promenade at the
City Hall complex, which includes the police station. The complex
was fenced at a cost of $50,000 to guard against trouble, Ent
said.

"The police officers did a great job," Berry said. "But they
are supposed to guarantee our First Amendment right to free
assembly."

There was violence before the rally started, too. A white man
wearing a jacket with a Confederate flag sewn on it was attacked
by at least a dozen anti-Klan demonstrators. The attack stopped
when an 18-year-old black woman threw herself on the man to save
him from his tormentors.

"I covered myself on top of him and pushed everyone off," said
Keshia Thomas, 18, of Ann Arbor, who was there to protest the
Klan. "Just because you beat someone doesn't mean you're going to
change his mind."

The melee broke out about an hour after Klan members began
their noon rally as more than 200 city, state and county police
looked on. While the counterdemonstrators protested, the Klan
members made speeches proclaiming racial superiority for whites
and waved American flags.

After Klan speakers used some racial epithets, a few anti-Klan
demonstrators rushed the fence and began shouting obscenities at
police officers.

Many in the racially diverse crowd began tossing rocks, bricks
and sticks at officers, and police responded by spraying Mace.

"What's wrong with you?" University of Michigan student Jerry
Rasko, 19, shouted at police after he was Maced when he rushed
the fence.

Minutes later, a crowd rushed a side door of the police
station -- heavily guarded because Klan members were inside. An
alarm sounded and police officers put on gas masks and began
lobbing tear gas at the crowd.

After the gas sent the crowd down the block, officers hustled
the Klan members out a side door and into a waiting unmarked
rented van, where they were taken to an undisclosed location
outside town.

Demonstrators continued stoning police in riot gear, who
rushed the crowd with their shields up and lobbed dozens of tear
gas volleys, sending people running wildly.

"This is so scary. How did this degenerate into violence? How
did we come to this point?" said Sarah Chobanian, 20, a U-M
junior from Grand Rapids who is studying political science. She
was Maced as she stood near a fence. "We're just trying to
protest."

Later, anti-Klan demonstrators marched down Main Street,
smashing trash cans. One protester tried to throw a trash can
through a bank window. Police confirmed that some downtown
businesses reported broken windows.

Elaw Taylor, 30, a singer from Ann Arbor, criticized the
police for tear-gassing the crowd.

"I'm a taxpayer, and I'm paying for them (the Klan) to spew
their hatred," Taylor said. "Then they attack the people who came
to protest the violence."

Virgil Humes, pastor of New Hope Baptist Missionary Church in
Wayne, which recently was vandalized in a racist attack, came to
protest the Klan's visit.

"Unfortunately, this is the kind of bigotry we see
everywhere," he said. "We have to be vigilant but we can't resort
to violence."

Klan members chose Ann Arbor for their rally because of its
liberal reputation, according to published reports. Berry said
about 200 people asked for information and applications to join
the group.

"We'll be back," he said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Copyright 1996, The Detroit News

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