Anarchists Arrested in Bushwick: Who Will Fight the Tea Party Now?

04/15/2010 10:41 AM |

  • Not Walt Whitman.

Well, this is shitty. Yesterday, cops entered a multi-unit building on Morgan Avenue in Bushwick and came out with two alleged anarchists, arrested for missing court dates on minor infractions. The Brooklyn Paper quoted one fellow resident, a filmmaker who would only give her first name, Priya (likely Priya Reddy), as saying “it felt like a raid,” as a total of six cops entered the building and began a search.

The timing of this raid (two days before the Anarchist Book Fair and Film Festival) is highly suspicious.

Residents reported a sudden shut-off of electricity and Internet in the morning which, as a former squat resident, I can tell you is an unsettling foreshadowing of police action. Also, six cops for two guys who missed court dates? Sure, I relish a time when anarchists were scary enough to warrant serious police presence (Czarist Russia?), but c’mon, the building in question is known locally as the “hipster flophouse.”

And for all you deskside post-caring types (like me! sometimes!), please put aside your anonymous dismissals of people who call themselves “anarchists.” Contemporary society is a deeply fucked place, and the exploration of anarchist principles as a means of organizing resistance is as legitimate a response to the cognitive dissonance of modern existence as any of our fizzy self-medicating bromides (more so!).

So, thanks for still existing, anarchists. I just hope there are enough of you left to fight the Tea Party today.