It’s never over. Bush is out of office. Obama is moving to withdraw troops from Iraq. Last October, Code Pink gave up on its daily harangues against the Marines who staff a recruiting office in Berkeley after a counterinsurgency of pro-troops groups stood their ground.
But it’s never over.
Yesterday, thugs smashed the windows of the Marine recruiting office and defaced the Marine logo. The masked vandals caused an estimated $5,000 in damage. (You may recall that in 2007, Code Pink defaced the Marine recruiting office by pasting the misspelled word “Assasination” on the window.)
Police are looking for the vandals who damaged a Marine recruiting center in Berkeley that’s been the target of ongoing war protests.
The attack shortly before 9 p.m. Wednesday was caught of tape by a surveillance camera. About a half-dozen people wearing dark clothing with their faces covered are seen breaking windows and defacing the Marine Corps logo.
The property owner says they caused as much as $5,000 in damage.
Police have not made any arrests in the case, but say they’ve arrested a “person of interest” on an unrelated warrant.
The recruiting center has angered anti-war activists and some local residents, who say military recruiting is unwelcome in this liberal-leaning city. But the Marines have said they have no intention of moving out before their lease is up at the end of the year.
More from KCBS:
Police Sgt. Mary Kusmiss says it happened Wednesday just before 9 p.m.
Kusmiss says police received several calls from witnesses in the area that a group of 3 to 4 males were smashing the windows of the recruiting center.
“In the history of our experience at the recruiting center this is the most expensive damage ever committed there,” said Kusmiss.
She says although the office has been the target of several anti-war protests over the years, this is the first that’s totaled over $5,000 damage.
The suspects are facing felony vandalism charges.
Kusmiss says they don’t know for certain whether the vandalism was in response to today’s 6th anniversary of the Iraq War.
No, it’s no coincidence. IndyMedia extremists gloat about the vandalism:
At 9PM on March 18th, the eve of the 6th anniversary of the war in Iraq, a group of persons wearing masks smashed the windows and splattered red paint at the U.S. Marine Corps Recruiting Center in Berkeley, California.
The center has been the target of protests for the last 18 months, and stands as a symbol of U.S. militarism and imperialist wars. The act of property distruction stands alone as the embodyment of frustration of a people whos government does not listen to or care about them.
Police have not made any arrests but are reviewing the tape, said Sgt. Mary Kusmiss. A sledgehammer and a crowbar were found in a nearby garbage can nearby, and are being reviewing as evidence. After breaking windows and improving the Marine Corps logo at the center, the group wearing masks and dark clothing scattered in three different directions, police said.
As of the time of this posting, no one involved has been arrested. The act was easy. You and a few friends could have pulled it off any day.
NO MORE IMPERIALIST WARS!!!
NO MORE GOVERNMENT!!!
SMASH THE STATE!!!
And it is no coincidence that anti-war groups are gearing up for new protests tomorrow and a March on the Pentagon.
If you are in Washington, there will be a counter-protest by Freepers, Gathering of Eagles, and Eagles Up activists. Join the counterinsurgency here.
Please show your support of the troops who support you.