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Wednesday, May 5, 2010

White Separatists' Alleged Attackers Enter Their Pleas

Posted By on Wed, May 5, 2010 at 5:50 PM

click to enlarge Know your anarchists!
  • Know your anarchists!
When the Average Joe thinks of an anarchist, he thinks of white folks dressed in black who break windows at World Trade Organization summits. But there's more sects of self-proclaimed anarchists than varieties of Heinz condiments -- and two diametrically opposed groups are now facing off in Superior Court after a spat came to blows on Saturday

Two alleged "black bloc" anarchists pleaded not guilty Wednesday morning to felony charges stemming from a fight Saturday with the white separatist group Bay Area National Anarchists (BANA) after an immigration reform rally at Civic Center Plaza. Bail was set at $75,000 each for Donnell Allen, 42, and Kelsey Musgrove, 19, and the date for the preliminary hearing will be set Thursday.

A quick primer: Bay Area National Anarchists is a two-year-old self-proclaimed white separatist

group, which opposes immigration and believes in living in a white "tribe."

Other anarchists claim BANA aren't even anarchists, give anarchism a bad name, and are mad

as hell that the a TV news report mislabeled BANA as simply "Bay Area Anarchists" on Saturday. Meanwhile black bloc is a

tactic of a radical subset of anarchists predisposed to wearing black bandannas, using violence and vandalism at protests, and chucking batteries at police officers,

a police source said.    

Anarchists in black garb and other supporters of the two defendants

filled three rows in the courtroom this morning, exchanging smiles and

sympathetic looks with the defendants filing into the courtroom in

orange jumpsuits. Allen, a 42-year-old black City College student and

part-time employee at the Noe Valley Farmers Market, appeared calm. He's

been arrested at protests before, though the charges from prior incidents were dropped, his defense attorney, Jonah Chew said. Allen is

accused of an attempted robbery of a backpack, an assault with force to

cause great bodily injury against BANA founder Andrew Yeoman, and

assault with a deadly weapon -- using, yes, a battery. His attorney

alleged that a BANA member called him a "negro jackass" during the


click to enlarge Black Bloc anarchists, 2005
  • Black Bloc anarchists, 2005

This was Musgrove's first brush with the law, according

to her attorney, John Hamasaki, who says she volunteers at soup kitchens

and works for a painting company. The petite, white 19-year-old from

Pittsburgh, Penn., with short hair and a baby face, broke into tears

while waiting for her appearance, wiping them away with her the sleeves

of the sweatshirt pulled down over her wrists. Musgrove faces the

robbery and assault charge along with Allen, as well as three more

counts of assault via kicking and punching, mace, and -- executing a move

seemingly plucked from Super Mario

Brothers -- pushing herself up on the shoulders of two of her allies to

"stomp" on the head of a BANA member lying on the ground.


to the police report, the cops started paying attention to the group of

alleged attackers back at the rally in Civic Center Plaza, when

anarchist theorist Andrej Grubacic

yelled at the BANA members "You racist assholes! Come over here and

fight!" (Grubacic was detained and released at the scene.) The police

stated they had witnessed the attackers coordinate their approach to the

BANA members on cell phones as the BANA members left the rally.

According to the BANA members' testimony to police, the white separatists

asked the group "Are you following us?" and Allen yelled "This is our

town, bitch! You aren't welcome here!" 

Musgrove's defense

attorney, John Hamasaki, described the fight as "mutual

combat," after a verbal confrontation. He disputed the labeling of the defendants as "

black bloc," saying the only thing clothing item that identified a group

was a cap that read "Anti-Racist

Action" -- "which I don't necessarily think is a bad thing," he

said, drawing laughs from supporters.

Assistant District

Attorney Victor Hwang said two of the purported BANA victims were

willing to testify. The preliminary hearing date will be set tomorrow.

At the hearing's end, Musgrove mouthed "I love you" to someone in the

gallery and walked back into custody.   

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