It’s worth it to look at the video footage.
I have friends who went to UCSC, friends who teach there.
And it’s our beach town, a mellow post-hippie hunk of California tucked between the redwoods and the sea.
It doesn’t deserve this.
And downtown Santa Cruz has already had to deal with serious earthquake damages, the economic downturn. You name it.
And now they have this.
Ugh. Ugh. Ugh.
If these thugs were actually politically motivated, you’d think they could find some rational target – you know, like the mega-corporations that are busy raping the environment and populace and all?
Not the trying-to-make a living folks running businesses for students and tourists in downtown Santa Cruz.
And it is just thugs.
To make it really, really, clear.
The clueless types wandering down the street, those are UCSC students looking for the dance party the flyers mentioned.
The carefully-masked hyper guys in black smashing things?
Those are criminal thugs: loony, destruction-addicted thugs.
Don’t insult any political body anywhere – even anarchists – by associating them with these creeps.
Twisted little boys who want to smash things and make them go boom don’t make political statements, they just make a mess.
Seriously folks, you’re bringing in the Workers’ paradise by smashing Peets Coffee and the Velvet Underground?
Give me a break.