Occupiers try to blow up a bridge near Cleveland
Happy May Day! CNN reports:
A mohawk-wearing anarchist nicknamed “Cyco” was among five men arrested after allegedly conspiring to blow up a bridge about 15 miles south of Cleveland, the FBI said Tuesday.
Douglas L. Wright, 26, joined alleged co-conspirators Brandon L. Baxter, 20, a.k.a. “Skabby,” and Anthony Hayne, 35, a.k.a. “Tony” and “Billy,” in a plot that authorities say honed in on the Brecksville-Northfield High Level Bridge, which spans the Cuyahoga Valley National Park and carries a four-lane highway.
The men have been charged with conspiracy and attempted use of explosive materials to damage physical property affecting interstate commerce.
Connor C. Stevens, 20, and Joshua S. Stafford, 23, were also arrested. Their charges remain pending.
Cyco, Skabby, Tony… No word yet on Grumpy, Sleepy, Sneezy, or Dopey.
Congratulations on another stunning public-relations victory, Occupy.
What’s that? “These guys don’t have anything to do with Occupy!” Hey, don’t tell me, tell them. Here’s Skabby’s Facebook page:
Clearly, his sick ninja skillz served him well. And here’s Tony’s page:
Peace! And here’s Joshua’s page:
Looks like he’s Occupying the kitchen. Finally, Cyco doesn’t list an affiliation, so I dare not speculate:
Don’t know about the fifth guy, Connor. Guess he wasn’t smart enough to put up any evidence on Facebook.
Remember, everybody: Whenever an Occupier commits a crime, he’s not really an Occupier. All Occupier crimes are completely unrelated incidents, because shut up.
Meanwhile, their fellow Occupiers and stomping around and yelling in New York. No reports of explosions yet. Be careful out there, Michelle.
Occupy Cleveland is shocked by these allegations. We continue to be committed to creating social change through non-violence.
— #OccupyCleveland (@OccupyCleveland) May 1, 2012
Because nothing shows non-violence like a clenched fist.
Update: Here’s a closer look at Skabby the Ninja.
Update: From the Cleveland Plain Dealer, 3/5/12.
Five members of Occupy Cleveland were arrested Monday after they protested property foreclosures by interrupting a sheriff’s sale.
The sale, to auction off foreclosed homes, began about 8:30 a.m. Monday at the Justice Center. The protesters quickly stood up, and one began to shout:
“We are calling on the judicial system to institute an immediate moratorium on all foreclosures until a fair system of home loans is put into place,” said Peter Schanz of Cleveland, an organizer of the group’s foreclosure committee…
Brandon Baxter of Lakewood said he had no regrets for making sure people heard the message.
“I took the risk of getting arrested because I feel the powers that be, whoever they might be — on all levels of government and those who hold corporate power — are not listening because not enough people are actually taking a stance” against foreclosures, he said. “I was hoping that this would be a great way to get Cleveland more involved by showing the potential that a small group of dedicated people can have in making an impact. Even though we are not in any government position or in Congress, we do have the power.”
Obviously, that wasn’t enough excitement for ol’ Skabby.
Update: An even better look at the would-be ninja/bomber, courtesy of Cleveland photographer Brandon Blackwell.
Other than that, though, Skabby has nothing to do with the Occupy movement.
Update: Looks like Wright has another Facebook page under the name Rancid Cyco. He lists his favorite team as Occupy Wall Street, his favorite book is The Anarchist’s Cookbook, his favorite movie is V for Vendetta, and apparently his only interest is “Revolution.” Here he is in all his glory.
The bandana is a nice touch. Why, he could be anybody.
Update: Connor Stevens, an Occupier and a poet. So that completes the set.