'A group of protesters vandalized dozens of businesses, cars and any property they came across as they marched through the Mission on Monday night. One person was arrested, according to Sgt. Daryl Fong, but no details about the arrest have yet been made available.
The mile-long trek of vandalism began at 18th and Dolores streets, where a group of more than 100 protesters met as part of an early May Day march. The protesters walked east on 18th Street, turned left on Valencia Street, right on Duboce Avenue, and made a right on Mission Street before being confronted by riot police at 14th and Mission, according to Justin Beck, an independent journalist who followed the protesters. ...'
More pictures from Mission Loc@l here.
Follow-ups at the ML main page.
Farina restaurant on 18th Street, just across from the Women's Building where I attend services at the Mission Minyan.
ATM at 511/513 Valencia.
Anarchist symbol next to ArtZone 561 (not pictured), which had had its storefront completely wrecked.
Dog boarding service on Mission and 14th. According to news reports, Mission/14th was the thugs' last stand against riot cops.
I was at home tucking in Bunny and nursing my hurt back while all of this was going on; I think I may have heard some shouting or maybe one or two police sirens but in general I was blissfully unaware of it until I read about it the next morning.
This stuff happened in the course of the latest antics from Occupy Wall Street and friends. As a friend said to me, "If they're attacking small businesses, it's like they're WORKING for Wall Street."
Reports suggest the involvement of a small clique of black-clad, bandana-masked thugs - the infamous "Black Bloc" of anarchists. They're not new; they were around when I was with the Green Party in Oregon some 14 years ago. Of course, none of the self-identified Occupy people had anything to do with this, or so they say. OK fine. So how did this happen? Who let it happen? Who was behind it? Hey, maybe they were provocateurs sent by the FBI and the CIA, on a mission to besmirch the good name of Occupy! OK, fine. But if "we are the 99 percent" then who are these people? Are they 1 percent of the 99 percent? And where were the other 98.01 percent, and why were they unwilling or unable to stop them?