Anarchists who plotted to blow up Cleveland bridge attended Occupy Cleveland
As the protests began May 1,2012, A member of Occupy Cleveland says that at least some of the five men arrested in an alleged bridge-bombing plot attended the group’s events but that their actions don’t represent the group.
Occupy Cleveland media coordinator Jacob Wagner says the protest group had no knowledge of the alleged plan to blow up a bridge and would denounce such actions. He says some group members knew the suspects but that the group isn’t commenting further.
The FBI says three of the suspects are self-described anarchists. They were arrested Monday.
CBS news reported that : Douglas L. Wright, 26; Brandon L. Baxter, 20; and Anthony Hayne, 35, were arrested by members of the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force Monday night on charges of conspiracy and attempted use of explosive materials to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce.
Also arrested were Connor C. Stevens, 20, and Joshua S. Stafford, 23.
The criminal complaint was filed this morning in U.S. District Court in Cleveland. Mentioned in the complaint is the Anarchist Cookbook, which they weer using to plot the attack.
The FBI says over the course of several months the accused discussed various targets in and around the Cleveland metropolitan area, with the Route 82 Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge being selected as the target. The bridge crosses over Cuyahoga Valley National Park from Brecksville to Sagamore Hills.
The defendants then conspired to obtain C-4 explosives, contained in two improvised explosive devices (IEDs), to be remotely detonated, the FBI said.
“The individuals charged in this plot were intent on using violence to express their ideological views,” said FBI Special Agent Stephen D. Anthony.
The five defendants are expected to appear today before a federal magistrate in U.S. District Court in Cleveland.
According to the affidavit, Wright (who described himself to an FBI source as an anarchist of long standing) had recruited other young men to his circle who were planning to set off smoke bombs at a bridge in Cleveland as a diversion while they brought down the signs atop buildings in the city. The complaint said while the group had not figured out how they would demolish the signs, according to Wright, “the signs are the most important part [of the plan] because they need to make sure everyone knows that the action was against corporate America and the financial system, and not just some random acts.”
Wright also allegedly complained to the FBI source that “there were not enough anarchists in Cleveland to do what he wanted to do.”
According to The Blaze– their names have shown up in various news reports in connection to the Occupy movement. Anthony Hayne is pictured in a Lakewood Patch article holding a sign saying, “We Are Still Here #Occupy Cleveland,” and Brandon Baxter makes his opinion known in this Cleveland.com report (and here’s a picture of him from “Captured Cleveland,” a site that claims to capture Cleveland through photographs).
Screen shots of Brandon Baxter’s and Joshua Stafford’s Facebook pages, Click Here (note the “Worked at #OccupyCleveland” beneath their names):
This is no big surprise, since the Mayday protests themselves originated from anarchist violence- read several news reports from the past:
Read old News Articles detailing the Mayhem of the MayDay Protests
Workers in scores of nations each year mark the first of May. Socialists and practicing communists wave red banners in the streets.
Throw in a few anarchists and you have the makings of May Day, the traditional International Workers’ Day celebrated around the world.
But did you know that they are commemorating an event which occurred in Chicago, 124 years ago?
That event was what has become known as the “Haymarket Massacre,” and it looms larger than life for millions of workers all over the globe.
“This is not just an event, over a hundred years ago,” said historian Peter Alter at the Chicago History Museum. “This is an event that still has resonance today.”
It started with a demonstration for an eight-hour day at a McCormick reaper plant on Chicago’s Southwest side on May 3, 1886.
Several of the demonstrators were killed, and workers planned a massive rally in Haymarket Square on the city’s west side for the following night.
“There were anarchists there, there were socialists there,” said Alter. “There were good old bread and butter unionists there.”
It was planned as a rally for 25,000 people, but probably only a tenth of those showed up. Mayor Carter Harrison visited and left.
Most of the crowd, in fact, was starting to drift away when scores of police suddenly showed up, demanding that the remaining onlookers disperse. At that moment, someone stepped out of an alley near Des Plaines and Randolph streets and threw a bomb into the crowd.
There was a massive explosion and a flurry of gunfire.
When the melee had subsided, at least seven policemen and four of the demonstrators were dead. About 60 more police were wounded. Some commanders at the time speculated that many of the officers’ wounds came from friendly fire in the confusion. (One officer died from his wounds two years later). But the public, and especially Chicago’s business leaders, were outraged at the carnage, and called for swift action.
Martial law was declared in the city. Labor leaders were rounded up, including those who were deemed responsible for the rally.
Eight men were eventually charged with inciting what was referred to as the “Haymarket Riot.” On August 20, 1886, seven of the eight defendants received death sentences.
The Chicago Times described the defendants as “arch counselors of riot, pillage, incendiarism and murder.” Other papers called the alleged plotters “red ruffians” or “bloody monsters.”
Two would see their sentences commuted to life and one killed himself in his cell. The remaining four defendants were hanged in the courtyard of the Criminal Courts Building at Dearborn and Hubbard on November 11, 1887.
On the gallows, defendant August Spies declared, “The time will come when our silence will be more powerful than the voices you strangle today.”
The Haymarket defendants are buried together beneath a monument constructed in 1893 in Waldheim Cemetery in suburban Forest Park. That same year, Illinois Governor John Peter Altgeld signed pardons for the three defendants who had drawn life sentences, concluding all eight defendants were innocent.
The bomb thrower has never been identified.
“Certainly there was very limited evidence against the men who were executed,” said Alter. “Some of them were not there! Some of them were only loosely affiliated. What they were tried for, were their points of view.”
Two years later, the first congress of the Second International, meeting in Paris, called for worldwide demonstrations in 1890 on the anniversary of the Chicago protests.
May Day became formally recognized the following year and over the decades became a focal point for demonstrations by workers and labor organizations, as well as various socialist, communist, and anarchist groups around the world.
“It is sacred to the cause of advancement of the working man around the country,” says labor activist Les Orear. “It was such a tragedy, with the interference to the right to free speech, free assembly, our own first amendment.”
Let’s not forget that the original Occupy OWS protests began as the Day of Rage and were patterned after terrorist Bill Ayers
From my previous Blog on the Day of RAGE – reposted below:
( H/T –Arlen Williams )
A movement is suddenly springing up from nowhere (ah-huh) to take on the free enterprise, “capitalist” system. In America, they are especially targeting Wall Street, a place still somewhat constitutionally sovereign to the U.S.A. and not thoroughly controlled yet by authoritarian global collectivism.
Think the protests in Greece and the UK were violent? Wait for the ones now being organized for the United States. On September 17, a group of angry leftwing socialists are planning a “Day of Rage, to occupy Wall Street.
Calling “Corruption Tyranny” they are organizing in almost every state.
One Blogger writing to warn others about the protests writes, “REVOLUTION 2.0 is screaming up in your rear view mirror! Sept 17 is only a few weeks away. Who is ready? Got Food? Got Ammo? Got secondary power sources?”
They claim ” non Violence” but their URL Code says “occupy-the-state-and-federal-capitols-on-the-usdayofrage”
Using social media like Facebook and Twitter, the “Day of Rage” is getting quite a response. Facebooker: Bear Shash wrote this on the Day of Rage USA Facebook Page, “A PROTEST should be organized this summer. When RIOT POLICE try to stop us, we need to hit them hard with COCKTAIL BOMBS. organize, organize, organize, WHEN and WHERE?”
Stephen Creagh Uys, writes, “I believe that we need a day when all consumers withdraw their money from banks and refuse to pay their bills. The weapon used by the fascists is finance and so it should be turned against them.”
Then…there is the OCtober 2011 where they state that Protest being planned: The October2011 Movement protests corporatism and militarism because they prevent solutions to our current crises which would create a more peaceful, just, and sustainable world from being implemented. Instead concentrated corporate interests rule our elections and political process so that wealth continues to be funneled to the top 1%…US Day of Rage is organizing with OccupyWallStreet to create a tent city in the financial district of New York beginning on September 17. October2011 and OccupyWallStreet have endorsed each others’ actions.
Who is feeding this idea???????
According to , Arlen Williams :
The term “Day(s) of Rage” is the product of Chicago’s Weathermen, led by Obama workmate Bill Ayers and cohabitants.This Day of Rage speaks of non-violence, yet plays up the violent terrorism of the current rioting proceeding in Great Britain. It is eschewed by a disclaimer put up since this article first posted, but it is featured, pronounced, highlighted, and utilized on the Europeanrevolution.net site. It’s kind of like “good cop, bad cop,” only played by the robbers.
The “Obama Timeline Author” at that blog added, ” The term “Day(s) of Rage” come from the October 8-11, 1969 anti-war demonstrations in Chicago organized by the Weathermen and Students for a Democratic Society. Participants included Tom “Mr. Jane Fonda” Hayden, William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn, and Mike Klonsky.”
That history is praised on YouTube:
But they called themselves: LIBERALS as well as COMMUNISTS and SOCIALISTS, and would “Replace Capitalism with Socialism”:
SOUND FAMILIAR? HITTING THE CAPITOL???? “We chose to oppose violence by breaking stuff” Bill Ayers ! They went on a BOMBING CAMPAIGN !!
Listen to some of the left’s ideas for bringing America to her knees:
W: We’re going to hear from Steve Lerner next, of SEIU, the Architect of the Justice for Janitors campaign. Currently, he’s working on partnering with unions and groups in Europe and South America, it’s building campaigns to hold financial institutions accountable.
S. Lerner: It seems to me that we’re in a moment where we need to figure out in a much more, through direct action, much more concrete way how we really are trying to disrupt and create uncertainty for capital, for how corporations operate. And it may sound like that’s a crazy thing that in a moment of weakness we could deal with it, but the thing about a boom and bust economy, it is actually incredibly fragile, because it’s not based on real way, well, it’s based on gambling and all of that. And so there are actually extraordinary things that we could do right now that would start to de, destabilize the folks that are in power and start to rebuild a movement. And for example, 10% of homeowners, going back to where you started, who are under, a quarter of all people who own a home are under water. Right? Their home is under water, they’re paying more for it than it’s worth. Ten percent of those people are now in strategic default, meaning they’re refusing to pay but they’re staying in their homes. That’s totally spontaneous. Right? They figured out it takes a year to kick me out of my home because the mort, the foreclosure’s backed up. I’m going to say I won’t pay. It’s just what business does, it’s a good, a good business decision. If you could double that number, you would make banks, put banks on the edge of insolvency again
And so the question would be, what would happen if we organized homeowners in mass to do a mortgage strike. Just say if we get, and, and, if we get half a million people to agree, we’ll all not, we’ll agree we won’t pay our mortgages, it would literally cause a new financial crisis.
There are four things we can do that could really upset Wall Street. One is if city and state and other government entities demanded to renegotiate their debt because they’re paying too much interest. And you might say, well why would the banks ever do it? Because they, the cities and counties could say we won’t do this and this in the future with you if you don’t renegotiate the debt now. Meaning, about a third of bank profits generate from dealing with cities and states. So we could leverage the power we have of government to say we won’t do business with you, JP Morgan Chase, anymore unless you do two things: you reduce the price of our interest, since your interest rate is down; and second, you rewrite the mortgages for everybody in the community so they can stay in their homes. We, we could make them do that.
The second thing is there’s a whole question in New York now about austerity and student’s rates and the question of the debt structure. What would happen if students said we’re not going to pay? It’s a trillion dollars. Think about your …sweeping that debt, a trillion dollars from students debt?
There’s a third thing that we could think about, what about if public employee unions, instead of them being on the defensive, put on the collective bargaining table when they negotiate they said we demand as a condition of negotiation that the government renegotiate, we want, we believe in good financial management. It’s crazy that you’re paying too much interest to your buddy the bankers. It’s a strike issue for us. We will strike unless you force the banks to relieve the debt of the city. I’m not going to go through all the detail except to say there’s extraordinary things we could do and if you add on top of that, if we really thought about moving to the kind of disruption in Madison, but moving that to Wall Street and moving that to other cities around the country where we basically said you stole $17 trillion, you’ve impoverished us and we’re going to make it impossible for, for you to operate.
Labor can’t lead it, but we can be a critical part of it. We do have money, we have millions of members who are furious, but I don’t think this kind of movement can happen unless actually the community groups and other activists take the lead. And that’s a big reversal of how a lot of these coalitions have even thought about it, so unions helping community groups, or communities who cover this narrowly. And if you’re se, if we really believe that we’re in a transformative stage and what’s happening in capitalism, and we need to confront this in a serious way and develop a real ability to put a boot in the wheel, then I think we have to think not about labor community alliances. We have to think about how together we’re building something that really has the capacity to disrupt how the system operates.
And so I just, I guess raise that we need a whole new way of thinking about things, which is not a partnership, but building something new. Because the bottom line is, as soon as the union gets sued, it’s going to be terrifying. When we get an injunction that says, you know, you, un, the union backs down. So we need to build a movement based on we know the oppression we’re going to face. And I think the only way we can do that is to think much more creatively, and the key thing I …is we have to say what does the other side fear most? They fear disruption, they fear uncertainty. Every article about Europe says a riot in Greece, the markets went down. The folks that control this country care about one thing: how the stock market does; how the bond market does; and what their bonus is. So I think we weed out a very simple strategy: how do we bring down the stock market, how do we bring down their bonuses, how do we interfere with their ability to, to be rich. And if we don’t do, and that means you have to politically isolate them, economically isolate them and disrupt them. So, it’s not all theory, I’ll do a pitch.
So, a bunch of us around the country are thinking about who would be a really good company to hate? We decided that would be JP Morgan Chase. …. And so we’re going to roll out over the next couple of months what will hopefully be an exciting campaign about JP Morgan Chase that is really about challenge the power of Wall Street. And so what we’re looking at is in the first week of May, we get enough people together – we’re starting now – to really have a week of action in New York with the goal of … I don’t want to go into any details because I don’t know which police agents are in the room, but the goal would be that we would roll out in New York the first week in May—
M: (Can’t hear speaker)
S. Lerner: Yes. …connect three ideas – that we’re not broke, there’s plenty of money; they have the money, we need to get it back; and that they’re using Bloomberg and other people in government as the vehicle to try to destroy us. And so that we need to take on those folks at the same time and that will start here. We’re going to look at a week of civil disobedience, direct action all over the city, then we’ll roll into the JP Morgan shareholder meeting, which they moved out of New York because they were afraid, I guess, of Columbus, where there’s going to be a ten state mobilization to try to shut down that meeting. And then looking at bank shareholder meetings around the country and try to create some moments like Madison, except where we’re on offense instead of defense. Where we have brave and heroic battles challenging the power of the giant corporations, and we hope to sort of inspire a much bigger movement about redistributing wealth and power in the country.
W: You were talking about why unions are so invested because of their pension plans and why ungovernability, as Frances Fox Piven and Cloward taught us, you know, poor peoples’ movements are successful when they create conditions of ungovernability. And then you win victories.
Further Reading: 10 Signs That Economic Riots And Civil Unrest Inside The United States Are Now More Likely Than Ever
And back to out history:
‘Plain Words’ was found at the site of a series of bombings against capitalist targets in 1919, including billionaire John D. Rockefeller and Attorney General Alexander Palmer. The primes suspects were Galleanists, followers of insurrectionary anarchist Luigi Galleani (1861-1831), founder and editor of the newspaper ‘Cronaca Sovversiva.’ Published for over 15-years almost entirely in Italian, the magazine made a strong case for “propaganda by the deed,” that is: revolutionary violence as opposed to simply propaganda by the word. The Galleanists tried to put the ideas into practice; for example, a Chicago chef added arsenic to the soup for 200 at a banquet to honor Archbishop Mundelein (no one died – he added too much poison and it was all vomited back up). The June 1919 bombings did kill three – one of the bombers, a woman walking by, and a night watchman; in contrast, from 1914 to 1918, tens of millions were maimed or killed in the capitalists’ first World War.
The powers that be make no secret of their will to stop, here in America, the world-wide spread of revolution. The powers that be must reckon that they will have to accept the fight they have provoked.
A time when the social question’s solution can be delayed no longer; class war is on and can not cease but with a complete victory for the International proletariat.
The challenge is an old one, oh “democratic” lords of the autocratic republic. We have been dreaming of freedom, we have talked of liberty, we have aspired to a better world, and you jailed us, you clubbed us, you deported us, you murdered us whenever you could.
Now that the great war, waged to replenish your purses, and build a pedestal to your saints, is over, nothing better can you do to protect your stolen millions, and your usurped fame, than to direct all the power of the murderous institutions you created for your exclusive defense, against the working multitudes rising to a more human conception of life.
The jails, the dungeons you reared to bury all protesting voices, are now replenished with languishing conscientious workers, and never satisfied, you increase their number ever day.
It is history of yesterday that your gunmen were shooting and murdering unarmed masses by the wholesale; it has been the history of every day in your regime; and now all prospects are even worse.
Do not expect us to sit down and pray and cry. We accept your challenges and mean to stick to our war duties. We know that all you do is for your defense as a class; we know also that the proletariat has the same right to protect itself, since their press has been suffocated, their mouths muzzled; we mean to speak for them the voice of dynamite, through the mouth of guns.
Do not say we are acting cowardly because we keep hiding, do not say it is abominable; it is war, class war, and you were the first to wage it under cover of the powerful institutions you call order, in the darkness of your laws, behind the guns of your bone-headed slave.
No liberty do you accept but yours; the working people also have a right to freedom, and their rights, our own rights, we have set our minds to protect at any price.
We are not many, perhaps more than you dream of, though but are all determined to fight to the last, till a man remains buried in your Bastilles, till a hostage of the working class is left to the tortures of your police system, and will never rest until your fall is complete, and the laboring masses have taken possession of all that rightly belongs to them.
There will be bloodshed; we will not dodge; there will have to be murder: we will kill, because it is necessary; there will have to be destruction; we will destroy to rid the world of your tyrannical institutions.
We are ready to do anything and everything to suppress the capitalist class; just as you are doing anything and everything to suppress the proletarian revolution.
Our mutual position is pretty clear. What has been done by us so far is only a warning that there are friends of popular liberties still living. Only now we are getting into the fight; and you will have a chance to see what liberty-loving people can do.
Do not seek to believe that we are the Germans’ or the devil’s paid agents; you know well we are class-conscious men with strong determination, and no vulgar liability. And never hope that your cops, and your hounds will ever succeed in ridding the country of the anarchistic germ that pulses in our veins.
We know how we stand with you and know how to take care of ourselves. Besides, you will never get all of us * * * and we multiply nowadays. Just wait and resign to your fate, since privilege and riches have turned your heads.
Long live social revolution! Down with tyranny!
THE ANARCHIST FIGHTERS.