Anti-fascists charged with felonies for attacking BANA

(DABC Note: BANA is merely a white supremacist group parading as an anarchist group. Solidarity to folks that attack these scum!)

Police have booked two people who allegedly attacked members of a white separatist “anarchist” group at Saturday’s San Francisco immigration march. The pair have been hit with felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, robbery, and conspiracy. The alleged attackers also were booked into jail on misdemeanor charges of interfering with free speech. The district attorney’s office has not yet made a charging decision in the case.

Donnell Allen, a 42-year-old black San Francisco resident, and Kelsey Musgrove, a 19-year-old white female from Pittsburgh, Penn., were arrested on Saturday after an alleged attack on four Bay Area National Anarchists while the self-professed white separatists were leaving a counter-protest of the immigration reform rally in Civic Center Plaza. Police say the suspects were wearing all-black clothing.

This isn’t Allen’s first brush with the law. News reports indicate he was also arrested back in December during an attack on UC Berkeley chancellor Robert Birgeneau’s campus residence.

John Hamasaki, the attorney for Musgrove, says she was in San Francisco checking out massage therapy schools. “She’s never been arrested, never been in trouble, she’s not one of these people that society needs to be worried about.”

A third suspect, anarchist theorist Andre Grubacic, a 34-year-old white San Francisco resident, was detained but released at the scene after the victims said he wasn’t part of attack. (The more common spelling of Grubacic’s first name is Andrej.) A fourth suspect, an unknown white male, pedaled away on a bicycle before the cops could catch him.

Plainclothes and uniformed police officers saw the group of attackers follow the anarchists, who had broken off from the counter-demonstration around 3:15 p.m. Saturday. The group turned a corner around Polk and Van Ness, putting them out of the officers’ line of sight at the beginning of the physical attack. When police caught up with the brawl, they saw that the victims “tried to defend themselves,” said SFPD spokesperson Lyn Tomioka.

Cops recovered what they believe to be a mace can at the scene. The robbery charge stemmed from an attempt to take a backpack from one of the victims. The victim group — who was unidentified on the police report, but were identified to SF Weekly as BANA members by founder Andrew Yeoman — were treated by paramedics at the scene but refused further medical assistance. One victim had bruising and redness to the left side of the face; one had head, neck and back injuries; one had a cut on the right side of the face and a red eye; and the fourth had no apparent injury. None of the injuries were life-threatening.

Yeoman, who has been penning credos about his anti-immigration views on extreme right websites, claims the attackers were Antifa, or anti-Fascists. Meanwhile someone calling themselves “antifa” has posted an article on the attack on indybay entitled “Stop the Bay Area National Anarchists!”: “There is no place in the Bay area (or anywhere) for this fascist scum, no matter how they try to package themselves.”

UPDATE At 4:30 p.m., 5/3: John Hamasaki, a private defense attorney who is representing Kelsey Musgrove pro bono, disputes Yeoman’s earlier account of the fight. After talking to witnesses of the fight, Hamasaki says “It was the BANA people who had a baton, and one of them had brass knuckles and tried to blame it on the other kids.” He says Musgrove “was struck first, she didn’t instigate any fights. I’ve heard that from more than one person.” He says the one witness says a BANA member had yelled before the scuffle: “This is my city and I’m taking it back for the white people.”

Hamasaki says his client is still in jail awaiting arraignment, but expects the felony charges to be lowered to misdemeanors.

To clarify, police spokeswoman Lyn Tomioka said the police didn’t recover any brass knuckles at the scene.

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  1. Update

    Support Antifascists Arrested Protesting Neo-Nazis at San Francisco
    May Day Celebration

    At San Francisco’s May Day celebration this past Saturday, assorted
    right-wing and neo-Nazi counter-demonstrators – including members of
    the Bay Area National “Anarchists” – a white supremacist group who
    have attempted to hijack leftist and anarchist aesthetics and rhetoric
    to push their tribalist, racialist and anti-Semitic agenda – were
    present on the sidewalk in front of City Hall when the pro-immigration
    march arrived at Civic Center Plaza.

    Demonstrators tried to minimize the Bay Area National Anarchist’s
    (BANA) neo-Nazi present, trying to both shout them down and block
    their signs so their hateful rhetoric would neither be seen or heard.

    In the end, two antifascist activists were arrested after members of
    BANA pulled weapons on the antifa and attempted to assault them.
    Showing their true colors, police rushed in to defend the neo-Nazis
    and arrest the antifascists.

    Initially, bail was set at an unreasonably insane amount of $210,000.
    Today (May 5th), both people were finally arraigned, and bail was
    reduced. Unfortunately, each person is still facing 5 felony charges –
    4 counts of assault and 1 count of robbery – and bail, while reduced,
    is still very high – $75,000 each.

    People on the ground in San Francisco are asking anyone that can to
    please send money so we can bail our comrades out of jail. The best way to
    send donations is via Paypal to paypal@freemfone.org. You can also send
    well-concealed cash or checks or money orders (please leave the “pay to” section
    blank) to:

    Kelsey & Dee Support
    3030b 16th street
    San Francisco, CA 94103

    Please feel free to send letters of support to this address as well –
    we’re sure Kelsey and Dee woud love to hear from you!

    For more info on opposing BANA, visit:
    http://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2010/05/02/18646549.php

    For more information on the stupid “philosophy” that is National
    Anarchism, visit:
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_anarchism

    For some background on anarchism, visit:
    http://anarchism.pageabode.com/afaq/index.html

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