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anarchists beat communists, 4-2mohair_chair
Sep 15, 2003 8:01 AM

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In some ways, the soccer game played in North Berkeley Sunday afternoon was a typical matchup with cheerleaders, hearty competition, a rousing band and proud parents on the sidelines.

But the anarchists vs. the communists soccer match veered off pretty quickly from there.

Instead of advertising, the sign on the sidelines of Gabe's East field was painted half black for the anarchists and half red for the communists, reading "For a World Without Borders. For a World Without Bombs."

The two teams were born from the protests against the war in Iraq earlier this year. Many of the soccer players had protested in the streets together during the days before and after the start of the war and they wanted to make sure they stayed together.

"There is a history of political tension between the anarchists and the communists, but we are united on our opposition to U.S. wars abroad and at home on poor people, working people, people of color," said Chris Crass, 29, of San Francisco, a member of the anarchist team and an organizer of anti- racist and political workshops.

The anarchist team, Kronstadt FC, was named for the 1921 revolt of workers of the Kronstadt army base against the Communist government in Russia. The players wore black T-shirts with the insignia of an A with a circle around it, a black star and a soccer ball.

The communist team, Left Wing, sported shiny jerseys in Communist red, of course, with a fist holding a flag with a red star.

True to the communist ideals, everyone got an equal chance to play, with the game split into quarters instead of halves to allow for more players.

"People here have different ideological ways they see the world achieving peace, but we think everybody who is against the war should work together," said Maria Poblet, 27, of Oakland, a tenant organizer on the communist team. "It is also just for fun. Millions of people across the world love soccer. We are no exception just because we are activists."

In the end, it was a victory for the anarchists, with Kronstadt FC winning 4-2.

And what were the teams going to do after the game?

"Celebrate the hopeful demise of the U.S. government," he said.
oxymoron: "anarchist team" nmDougSloan
Sep 15, 2003 8:25 AM
Who did czar play for? nmOldEdScott
Sep 15, 2003 8:29 AM
Sep 15, 2003 8:38 AM
He didn't. First, as he's anti-anything-gasoline-powered, he rode his bike to the game, but got there late. He was late because first, he hadn't gotten through the entire Guardian that morning, then he stopped along the way to berate every SUV driver he saw. When he finally arrived, he protested that no women, openly gay, or African descent players were there. Also, one of the coaches was wearing a Nike shirt, which is very politically incorrect as Nike exploits third-world child labor. He caused such a raucus that players from both teams chased him down and subjected him to an hour of pink-bellies, snuggies, and swirlies. He left, humiliated.

Damn you're on a roll this a.m. nmOldEdScott
Sep 15, 2003 8:40 AM
thanks; finally got some sleep nmDougSloan
Sep 15, 2003 8:41 AM
He played against the dominant team and their misguided "gang" mentality. nm128
Sep 15, 2003 10:05 AM
; )