“We are not allowed to call even one person naïve or ill-informed, cowardly, immoral, etc., ad nauseam, ad infinitum. Be it face to face, cyberspace or phone-banking wankering.”
Eleven people stand accused in the May 1 vandalism spree in downtown Asheville, a group some anarchists have dubbed the “Asheville 11” and tried to turn into a cause célèbre. On Monday, Dec. 6, their trial was set for Jan. 24. Here’s an analysis of what’s happened so far.
Chanting “cops, pigs, murderers,” and “smash the state, burn the prisons, anarchy and communism,” about 40 people gathered in Pack Square early this evening to protest police actions (including the arrest of 11 alleged vandals on May 1) and gentrification. The group marched down near the Buncombe County jail and up to Pritchard Park.
Photo by Jerry Nelson
An anonymous group of anarchists has claimed responsibility for a Nov. 24 vandalism of the Department of Corrections building on McDowell Street. Police say the vandals slashed several vehicles’ tires and painted slogans like “Burn Prisons” on the building.