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demonstratorsfifth column agitators who marched from Battery Park to City Hall in Burlington to protest police brutalityeliminate law abiding folks and make way for anarchists…
protestersterrorists removed hundreds of copies of Seven Days from local newsstands throughout Burlington and later burned some copies to show their objection to the newspapers’ cover story this week about their movement.
The newspaper’s publisher on Friday announced that 5,000 additional copies were printed to repopulate newsstands, and offered a spirited defense of its coverage.
“Clearing out newsstands because you don’t like what a paper is reporting is a disturbing tactic that has no place in a free, democratic society,” Seven Days publisher Paula Routly said in a written statement. “The individuals carrying out these retaliatory actions are exhibiting the very authoritarian behavior they are protesting.”
On Wednesday, Seven Days ran a cover story called “Battery Power: How Black Lives Matter Protesters Occupied a Park, Captivated a City — and Got Some of What They Wanted.”
The story was a first-person telling, by staff writer Chelsea Edgar, about her time spent reporting on the Black Lives Matter encampment at Battery Park over the last month. It focused on the group’s decision not to speak to the media, and on one former organizer, Anthony Marques, who broke from that decision, and talked to Edgar for her story.
In the article, Marques criticized the Black women and femmes leading the protest, calling the movement a “cult,” and an “exploitation of white people.” Edgar described the protesters as “white girls waiting to be told what to do,” calling them “females of the TikTok demographic, dressed in black, sporting some combination of Blundstones, ironic tube socks and leg hair.”
On Thursday, Battery Park protesters rounded up papers from newsstands throughout the city, ripped them to shreds, and burned those shreds on Main Street.
When protesters took to the streets Thursday, instead of their usual signs — adorned with the names of Black people killed by police, and the names of the two Burlington officers that the protesters are demanding be fired, Joseph Corrow and Cory Campbell — they carried copies of Seven Days. (A third officer, Sgt. Jason Bellavance, recently agreed to leave in return for three years pay.)
On the papers, organizers instructed protesters to write words that represent white supremacy and patriarchy. “Denial,” “Toxic,” and “Hateful,” the signs read, “Your words are empty.”
As the papers burned, protesters chanted “Fuck Seven Days” and “Chelsea about to lose her job.”
Once the papers had been destroyed, the Black femme organizers had one last request: for the white men at the protest: to clean up the shredded paper left in the road.
“May it be representative of the system you all are responsible for dismantling,” they said.
…Black femme organizers burn copies of Seven Days; newspaper condemns ‘authoritarian behavior’ — VTDigger