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I have a friend who will be working NYC convention, if these guys spit on sidewalk or jaywalk they will be removed

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Fifty of the country's leading anarchists are expected to be in the city for the Republican National Convention, and a handful of them are hard-core extremists with histories of violent and disruptive tactics, according to police intelligence sources.
Police said each of the 50 have up to 50 followers who are willing to be arrested during disturbances at the convention. This group, police say, is expected to engage for the most part in civil disobedience, including sit-ins in front of delegates' buses. They also may stage more direct-action tactics, such as vandalizing McDonald's and Starbucks.

But a handful of activists with violent pasts have police concerned they will recruit others into dangerous confrontations.

"The older radicals are interacting with the newer anarchists and it's a bad mix," said one police source.

For example, NYPD intelligence reports say Kazi Toure, a Black Panther from Boston also known as Christopher King, convicted in the 1980s of conspiracy to overthrow the government, and with arrests for bank robbery and transporting firearms, was observed training younger militants in weapons use.

And a 20-year-old New Yorker who allegedly leads "The Organization" is advocating shutting down the Brooklyn Bridge, and hurling bricks followed by Molotov cocktails through the windows of military recruiting stations, according to these reports. The man has four minor arrests for nonviolent offenses and the Daily News is withholding his name.

Richard Picariello, 55, a '70s radical in the Boston area, a one-time member of the Fred Hampton Unit of the People's Army, named for a slain radical, also is known to be active in current causes.

"He has been talking to groups ... recruiting others into extreme measures," said a high-ranking police source.

In 1978, Picariello was sent to prison for helping to blow up a plane at Logan Airport, two National Guard trucks and a courthouse in Boston.

Since his release from federal prison, he has been involved in various groups, and has arrests for minor offenses such as refusing to move out of the way of President Bush's motorcade in Boston last March.

Picariello is allied with ANSWER (Act Now to Stop the War and End Racism). Efforts to reach him through ANSWER's New York office and through his Boston lawyer were not successful.

Jaggi Singh, 32, a Canadian citizen, is known for allegedly setting off hoax devices to detour police resources. He allegedly catapulted teddy bears soaked with gasoline at police at the Quebec G-20 protest in 2001, according to NYPD reports.

A member of the International Solidarity Movement, or ISM, he was seen shooting a handgun, and allegedly received firearms training from Toure, according to a police source.

"The vast majority of the 250,000 protesters will be peaceful, but we are concerned about a relatively small number of individuals coming to the city to engage in vandalism and violent activity," said Paul Browne, NYPD spokesman.

Besides The Organization and ISM, police have identified three other groups with a history of violence, whose members are willing to be arrested for serious crimes.

They are: Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty, Anarchist Black Cross and No Police State.

Potentially violent groups identified by the NYPD

SHAC - Stop Huntingdon Animal Cruelty
In May, federal prosecutors in Newark arrested seven members from the animal rights group, charging they used a campaign of intimidation and harassment against a company that tests pharmaceuticals on animals. Authorities said SHAC used vandalism, stalking, computer hacking and blitzes of E-mail, telephone calls and faxes to menace Huntingdon Life Sciences, a British company with labs in New Jersey.

U.S. Attorney Christopher Christie called the group’s members "violent fanatics."

The feds also charged SHAC had targeted Huntingdon employees and shareholders. SHAC members allegedly went to homes of Huntingdon workers where they slashed tires and spray-painted slogans.

In 2003, FBI domestic terrorism agents seized computers and other materials from the group’s offices in Franklin Township, N.J., and a Seattle home. The British-based group has worldwide chapters.

International Solidarity Movement (ISM)
Describes itself as a Palestinian-led movement of activists working to raise awareness of the struggle for Palestinian freedom and to end Israeli occupation. Claims to use "nonviolent" methods of resistance to confront and challenge Israeli occupation forces and policies.

The group deploys foreign volunteers as buffers, placing them between Israeli troops and Palestinian civilians during military operations.

In 2003, its members acknowledged meeting with two Britons before the pair carried out a suicide bombing in Tel Aviv, but denied any knowledge of the plan.

Also last year, a member of the group died while trying to stop an Israeli Army bulldozer.

Anarchist Black Cross
Follows the teachings of former Black Panther and "anarchist revolutionary" Lorenzo Komboa Ervin. The goal of the underground network is to fight against prisons and help inmates struggle against the penal and judicial system.

The Organization
A small, loosely-knit group of anarchists and violent radicals.

No Police State
Fringe group of anarchists, suspected of planning to spark violence.

Originally published on August 26, 2004

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