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UPDATED: Anarchist Group Hits Edgewood Avenue Parking Meters

PARKatlanta, police targets of group that seeks to incite rage.

From city council members to residents to tourists, PARKatlanta is certainly not short on detractors.

Now, the private company, which is contracted to provide parking enforcement for the city of Atlanta, can add another group the list: Anarchists.

A self-described anarchist group with "a profound hatred of the privatized parking enforcement in Atlanta" hit a string of parking meters along Edgewood Avenue Sunday, rendering 45 of them inoperable along a stretch of the road that spans from the Sweet Auburn district to Downtown.

The group used industrial epoxy to prevent motorists from putting money into the meters' coin slots.

On Tuesday, the group struck again, hanging a banner on the Freedom Parkway overpass in Old Fourth Ward that read: For the silent ones <3/F*** grand juries.

It said the acts are to show solidarity with fellow anarchists in Portland, Ore. and Seattle and Olympia, Wash. in the wake of a reported grand jury investigation in Seattle.

The Seattle Times reported the grand jury is looking into May Day-related vandalism in the Pacific Northwest.

"This is just a small gesture of solidarity with comrades in Portland, Seattle, and Olympia who are resisting the grand jury which released 6 subpoenas late last month," the group wrote in an e-mail to East Atlanta Patch.

"We know that the point of these hearings is to stultify the rebellion of those in the Pacific-Northwest who have helped to escalate the unending social war of which we are all apart. All across the country — in San Francisco, Oakland, New York, East St. Louis, the Twin Cities, Seattle, and elsewhere — anarchists have decided to meet this repression with further attacks against the dominant social order. We hope that our humble act warms the hearts of all who resist."

On its Say Nothing blog, the group says it has attacked courthouses in Kirkland, Wash. and East St. Louis, Ill., a police recruitment center in Oakland, Calif., and a number of banner drops in several cities.

Contacted Monday afternoon, Benita Hardy, PARKatlanta's project program officer, said she was unaware of any widespread damage to the meters on Edgewood and did not have an immediate comment.

An Atlanta Police Department spokesman said the agency had not been officially notified of the vandalism — the meters are owned by PARKatlanta — but added such property crimes are taken seriously.

"The destruction of property is a crime and if we are able to find those responsible they will face criminal charges," APD spokesman Carlos Campos said. "We welcome anyone with information to contact the Atlanta Police Department - or Crime Stoppers Atlanta’s tip line if they wish to remain anonymous."

Creative Loafing reported that while the meters are offline, PARKatlanta will not ticket motorists who park their vehicles at the broken meters.

joecitizen August 07, 2012 at 06:11 PM
Hey Péralte, good reporting! This is the type of story I want to see on the Patch. Hearing about the motives behind crime like this is very fascinating and it is rare to get an email tip off from a mugger or something like that but these vandals contacting you is a major source of interest. I see that your story was very popular and has been shared several places on the web including here: http://anarchistnews.org/content/actions-atlanta-solidarity-grand-jury-resistors#comments More stories about this anarchy group, please.
riobard August 07, 2012 at 09:12 PM
they don't get ticketed. they cant ticket you ifa meter is broken or inoperable. look it up. it says so right on the meters. duh. screw parkatlanta. they've been lobbying to make metered parking everywhere, go 24 hours 7 days a week, and raise fines. and ALL that money is sucked out of the atlanta economy. and even though all residebnts were against the fines going up, magically it passed! hmmm... i wonder why???
Dale August 07, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Read the last sentence in the article: "Creative Loafing reported that while the meters are offline, PARKatlanta will not ticket motorists who park their vehicles at the broken meters."
Timmy Karmasyde, Inc. August 08, 2012 at 12:26 AM
I personally don't use in-town parking at all, but I appreciate this vandalism. Whoever y'all are, keep devising similar actions which appeal to "the citizens too busy to resist." I could do without the gangbanger/comrade prose from SayNothing though...
Ms. August 08, 2012 at 01:38 AM
I absolutely don't support crime but I also don't feel any sympathy. PA has made Atlanta residents' lives hell and deserve whatever they get.
jimmie August 08, 2012 at 01:56 AM
Just another reason when one of these anarchists is cut that you cut off their hands and cut off their balls so they can't replicate the crime or replicate themselves.
jimmie August 08, 2012 at 02:34 AM
i'd prefer to hide out in an empty apt above edgewood and use these thugs as skeet shootin practice...a couple of exposed intracranial brain tissues would be a delight..this citizen resists and fights fire with a grenade and a bazooka
Sheep Dog August 08, 2012 at 04:17 AM
Lol! This is funny! Good job anarchist! Lets run them out of town.
Cunningham Swift August 08, 2012 at 06:57 AM
self-righteous liberal is mad and can't read :(
Cunningham Swift August 08, 2012 at 06:59 AM
Um, why?
Jason, That's Who August 08, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Why? Because Jesus died on the cross so we could take public property and use it for our automobile addict at no personal cost to us. These vandals are saints of the Church of Eazy Motoring and will help us defeat the evil forces of the Pedestrian, the Cyclist, and worst of all, the Transit Rider. All must fall on their knees and worship the God of Free Parking! Easy motoring now, easy motoring FOREVER!
Kay Clark August 08, 2012 at 08:36 PM
Do you own Park Atlanta? Why would you go so far out of your way to "skeet shoot" (from an upper story to the ground???) these guys? Way to pick sides that work against you. The Man loves your type. As for the anarchists: clap...clap...clap, clap, clapclapclapclap!!! Park Atlanta is stealing the soul, culture and community of this time. Take them down by any means necessary!
Bob Crossett August 08, 2012 at 08:45 PM
Yes, Park Atlanta is a criminal joke, but also lay the blame on who is responsible for them being here, beginning with Shirley Franklin and H. Lamar Willis. Thankfully, Ms. Franklin is out of office, we must now set our sights on booting Mr. Willis out.
Dan Voluntarist Lyons August 08, 2012 at 11:38 PM
Statists gonna state. Why so butthurt? This just goes to show that whiny, self righteous liberals and derp derp conservatives both love da gubmint.
Sheep Dog August 09, 2012 at 01:54 AM
@Bob... You are so correct.
Ms. August 09, 2012 at 01:54 AM
Jason you're an idiot who isn't capable of thinking beyond your ridiculous stereotypes. I'm a cyclist and also take transit. Why don't you actually learn what PA is doing before embarrassing yourself on these boards. I lived in DC for years, unlike you in your little bubble here, I understand the full picture of what these crooks are up to and the frustration isn't from wanting something for nothing. Please read a little before continuing to embarrass yourself on these boards. Thx
jimmie August 09, 2012 at 02:11 AM
anarchists need to be rounded up and exterminated
Bob Crossett August 09, 2012 at 03:57 AM
Boot Park Atlanta and Boot H. Lamar Willis! We can do this, take our city back from these crooks!
Jason August 09, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Since that would be unconstitutional, this technically makes you an anarchist.
Jeffrey August 09, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Please truthfully read the article before posting your opinion.
Jeffrey August 09, 2012 at 08:34 PM
P.S. for Cunningham Swift: Pro-capitalist conservatives are more likely to be up in arms about actions of these types. The anarchists attacked free enterprise opportunists. As for not reading, it's the conservatives who are against education. You guys are all about faith-based information.
Jeffrey August 09, 2012 at 08:35 PM
For goodness sake, why not read the article before posting?
c kayne August 10, 2012 at 09:00 PM
These PARKatlanta scumbags are nothing but legal criminals given the go ahead to steal from atlanta citizens by our own mayor. This company isn't even based here, would really love to find out exactly how they got the contract to steal from us. One of their legal crooks gave me a ticket for stopping to load a bike into my car. It's time to put these criminals where they belong...out of our city!
Péralte Paul (Editor) August 10, 2012 at 10:30 PM
I'm going to play Devil's Advocate here: Lots of major cities have parking meters as a revenue stream that brings in money for the city to use toward projects. Plus it keeps people from hogging spaces which would be a good thing, particularly along business districts. That's a good thing, no?
jimmie August 11, 2012 at 09:48 AM
take the anarchists balls!!! no mercy or they will not stop!
Bob Crossett August 12, 2012 at 04:34 AM
To C Kayne: Follow the money trail to Shirley Franklin, her family and to H Lamar Willis. We can still boot Willis out of office, but we must continue our war against Park Atlanta criminals.
wiseoldsnail August 16, 2012 at 02:29 PM
crime? i'd not call this crime. it's criminal behavior for a city to do things against the wishes of the people that cost the people money. 'elected officials' are supposed to be representing the people. instead, they pretend to believe the people are stupid, so they make decisions to screw the people in favor of upping pay for police, using tax dollars to purchase chemical weapons to be used against protestors, etc. not to mention, those claiming responsibility for this action made it known that this is in protest against the government for them using grand jury subpoenas to stifle dissent. grand jury subpoenas are supposed to be used against criminals, not protestors. not only does the constitution protect our right to assemble and protest, it holds us responsible to do so. the criminals are the police and court system, who are allowing themselves to be used as pawns in a game of stifle.
wiseoldsnail August 16, 2012 at 02:39 PM
not really. parking fees actually slow business to small businesses. large businesses can afford to purchase whole parking lots. parking meters are not worth what they cost to operate, in the long run. though they may bring in more than the expenditure for direct enforcement, that doesn't begin to address the costs of court time, etc... and the overall negative impact on small business. as with so much, it's government benefitting at the expense of people.
wiseoldsnail August 16, 2012 at 02:40 PM
what balls? you assume anarchists are male? duh
Kirkwood Resident August 20, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Let's break this down simply. No PA means then you go back to inept city enforcement of meters and consistent tax burden/loss. Higher tax payer expense costs you more money since now more tax payer revenue is going to city for parking enforcement versus current setup. It is proven that free parking in a city causes more harm to businesses because employees of businesses park there in the morning to avoid monthly private parking fees. End result is no parking on street for customers and tourists. They must pay higher rate in private parking lot. What PA does is enforce the parking regulations. It is very easy to follow those regulations and pay the meters. Not sure how that makes them crooks because you made a mistake and did not pay or went over the time limit. Have some sense of responsibility for your actions. I have been ticketed and I paid. I made a mistake. It was my fault. Not the government or anarchists, but mine. So if you want to fight the system then ride your bike, walk, and don't drive. Support more trails and sustainability. Put your anger and energy to building more parks and areas where people can get to know each other and congregate. How about a community garden where people learn they can survive off the grid just a little bit more. or give a speech to others on the tyranny of government? But vandalizing equipment just costs us, the public, through taxes, so why not do something that truly helps others?

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