As expected, there is a call to support the two real anarchists in San Francisco arrested and charged with beating down two fake anarchists (picture of one of them, Andrew Yeoman, as he tends to his wounds) that were actually neo-Nazis opposing the May Day celebration in that town. Not only is the effort geared towards helping the antifa, it is also to combat the stunt that the Bay Area National "Anarchists" (BANA) are trying to pull by trying to pass themselves off as anarchists when they are not. Anti-Racist Action put out this call for people to assist them in doing both. Count us among those that will join in the assist, but let's be clear however. We don't like throwing our people under the bus, and we want to make sure that they have adequate resources to make their case and resolve this matter. On the other hand, as we have said countless times, we do not shed tears for Nazis like the BANA Bums. Occidental Dissent is rapidly becoming our favorite go to website for those who miss the over-the-top bragging and lies Bill White's Overthrow.com was famous for, and as the BANA Bums were associates of that particular blog, they are more than likely going to do their crying about us when they see this, so to be clear, any perception or suggestion that we are engaging in some coordinated effort to assault Nazis across the country is purely...Occidental.
At San Francisco's May Day celebration this past Saturday, assorted right-wing and neo-Nazi counter-demonstrators - including members of the Bay Area National "Anarchists" - a white supremacist group who have attempted to hijack leftist and anarchist aesthetics and rhetoric to push their tribalist, racialist and anti-Semitic agenda - were present on the sidewalk in front of City Hall when the pro-immigration march arrived at Civic Center Plaza.
Demonstrators tried to minimize the Bay Area National Anarchist's (BANA) neo-Nazi present, trying to both shout them down and block their signs so their hateful rhetoric would neither be seen or heard.
In the end, two antifascist activists were arrested after members of BANA pulled weapons on the antifa and attempted to assault them. Showing their true colors, police rushed in to defend the neo-Nazis and arrest the antifascists.
Initially, bail was set at an unreasonably insane amount of $210,000. Today (May 5th), both people were finally arraigned, and bail was reduced. Unfortunately, each person is still facing 5 felony charges - 4 counts of assault and 1 count of robbery - and bail, while reduced, is still very high - $75,000 each.
For more info on opposing BANA, visit: http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/05/02/18646549.php
For more information on the stupid "philosophy" that is National Anarchism, visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_anarchism
For some background on anarchism, visit: http://anarchism.pageabode.com/afaq/index.html