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A group of people who had attended an <a href="http://anarchistbookfair.net/home">anarchist book fair</a> in Manhattan later marched to a nearby Starbucks on Saturday night and began swinging at the windows with metal pipes, as frightened customers hid under tables, the police said. </p>
The confrontation ended with three arrests and minor injuries to two police officers, the authorities said. </p><p>
The police said the episode began near Washington Square Park, as a number of people who had attended the nearby book fair began to march in the street, against traffic, chanting anti-police slogans like “cops are murderers” and “all pigs must die,” according to the police. A witness, Obenjii Johnson, 19, who was riding a skateboard as the group passed, said he heard them shouting the names of Sean Bell, who died in a hail of 50 police bullets in Queens in 2006, and Trayvon Martin, who was killed by a neighborhood watch coordinator in Florida this year. </p></td><td><img title="I guess on the plus side we are costing the city some workmans comp claims." src="http://anarchistnews.org/files/pictures/2012/cattongue.jpg"></td></tr></...
The ranks of the demonstrators swelled to 150, with many wearing masks and black clothing, the police and witnesses said. </p><p>
When they arrived at the Starbucks, about five blocks east at Astor Place and Lafayette Street, about 8:45 p.m., some in the group began to swing at the windows with long metal pipes, the police said, although on Sunday there was no evident damage to the windows. In a statement, the police said that patrons hid under tables afraid “that they would be hit by flying glass.” Two witnesses said that the group had tried to enter the coffeehouse, but were locked out by those inside. </p><p>
When a police sergeant and several officers tried to arrest those who were swinging the pipes, about 25 of the demonstrators fought back with the pipes and bottles, the police said; a sergeant and a lieutenant were hurt. </p><p>
The group continued farther east, “like a gust of wind,” according to one witness. At a 7-Eleven storefront on St. Marks Place, “one guy swung a pole” and cracked a window in two places, said Mohammed Habibur Rahman, who works across the street. Farther east, the police shut down Tompkins Square Park, as well East Sixth Street between Avenues B and C, citing the march. </p><p>
Three people were arrested, two of whom, Alexander Penley, 41, and Nicholas Thommen, 30, were charged with “inciting to riot,” in addition to other charges, including assault and menacing. Eric Marchese, 24, was charged with criminal mischief and disorderly conduct. </p><p>
“We periodically encounter relatively small groups of antagonists trying to turn otherwise peaceful gatherings violent, and urging others to violently confront the police,” the Police Department’s chief spokesman, Paul J. Browne, said in an e-mail. </p><p>
The demonstration, which, according to the police and witnesses, left in its path a trail of graffiti and tipped garbage cans, had more in common with anarchist actions at events like the <a href="http://nyti.ms/HVjTQG">Group of 20 meeting</a> in Pittsburgh in 2009 than with the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations in New York, which have been largely devoid of property damage. </p><p>
“In the context of protests here in New York City, it’s extraordinarily rare for there to be riotous conduct,” said Christopher T. Dunn, the associate legal director of the <a href="http://nyti.ms/HF3axv">New York Civil Liberties Union</a>. </p>
From <a href="http://gawker.com/starbucks/">Gawker</a>
Time was, anarchists could simply look askance at a Starbucks' big greedy oppression-symbolizing window and it'd <a href=\"http:\/\/gawker.com\/5270015\/mad-bomber-tries-to-make-it-as-clear-as-possible-die-yuppie-scum\">shatter<\/a> out of <a href=\"http:\/\/www.open.edu\/openlearn\/society\/politics-policy-people\/sociology\/the-discovery-capitalism\">sheer terror<\/a>. But in the age-old battle between anarchists and Starbucks, the coffeemaker appears to have gained the upper hand.<\/p>\n<p>Saturday night, a group of a few dozen anarchists who'd been attending a nearby anarchist book fair <a href=\"http:\/\/www.nydailynews.com\/new-york\/pipe-wielding-anarchists-attempt-shatter-floor-to-ceiling-plexiglas-windows-east-village-starbucks-article-1.1062125?localLinksEnabled=false\">marched on an East Village Starbucks<\/a>, all hopped up on mate, shitty zines and Deleuze. It was time for a classic Starbucks smashing!<\/p>\n<p>But they were foiled by Starbucks' advanced anarchist-repelling window technology. The <em>New York Daily News<\/em> <a href=\"http:\/\/www.nydailynews.com\/new-york\/pipe-wielding-anarchists-attempt-shatter-floor-to-ceiling-plexiglas-windows-east-village-starbucks-article-1.1062125?localLinksEnabled=false\">reports<\/a>:<\/p>\n<blockquote>\n<p>Patrons at Astor Place coffee shop dashed underneath tables as metal pipe-wielding protesters attempted to shatter its floor-to-ceiling Plexiglas windows during a Saturday night riot, police and workers said.<\/p>\n<p>Luckily, the unbreakable panes prevented injuries, one barista said.<\/p>\n<\/blockquote>\n<p>Three protesters were <a href=\"http:\/\/www.nytimes.com\/2012\/04\/16\/nyregion\/3-arrested-in-manhattan-as-march-becomes-a-melee.html\">arrested<\/a> and charged with assaulting a police officer, disorderly conduct and being <em>so<\/em> <a href=\"http:\/\/gawker.com\/5270015\/mad-bomber-tries-to-make-it-as-clear-as-possible-die-yuppie-scum\">2009<\/a>. Haven't you been reading <a href=\"http:\/\/www.nytimes.com\/2011\/02\/13\/magazine\/13Food-t-000.html?_r=1&src=me&ref=homepage\"><em>The New York Times<\/em><\/a>, anarchists? The only people who drink at Starbucks in New York City anymore are construction workers, college students and tourists. Any respectable coffee shop-smashing snob would demolish a <a href=\"http:\/\/ny.eater.com\/archives\/2012\/03\/blue_bottle_1.php\">Blue Bottle Coffee<\/a>.