Friday, February 22, 2008
Vandalized Military Recruitment Centers
By Tim Harlow
Somebody doesn't agree with America's presence in Iraq and they are making a statement by smashing windows at a south Minneapolis Army recruiting station.
At least that's how the U.S. Army is interpreting the latest round of vandalism discovered Wednesday morning at a recruiting office at 129 W. Lake Street, said Ken Plant of the army's Public Affairs office.
Sometime after the recruiters went home on Tuesday night, somebody threw two 40-pound rocks through the office's front double-pane windows. The damage was discovered when they came to work Wednesday morning, Plant said.
[The] vandalism was deliberate because "somebody hauled in" the rocks and used them to break the window. They did not damage or take a copy machine that was in front of the window or a new LCD TV that was in the office.
This was the fourth time the recruiting station has been vandalized since it moved to the area 18 months ago, Plant said. Past acts have included broken windows and graffiti sprayed on the building.
Anti-war protesters targeted a local military recruiting office by painting an obscenity, and throwing a bucket of manure at the building.
An e-mail sent to News 11 by a group calling itself "War is S***" claimed responsibility. In its correspondence and its graffiti, the group replaces those asterisks with an obscenity. In its e-mail, the group says, "In a nation fueled by murderous lies, we can think of nothing more appropriate than expressing our disgust in this inappropriate fashion."
People who saw the broken window of the recruiting office are outraged. "If they don't like this country that much they should do it the right way by changing with votes. Shouldn't do it with actions like that," said Steve Klostermeier, a bystander. Mike Gibson agreed, saying, "I think it's terrible. I think they're blaming the people who fought to give them the right to do stuff like that."
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