Friday, July 30, 2010

US Marine graffiti crew hits up Hyde Park

This past week, the United States Marine Corps invaded Boston. Or, more accurately, they were invited into the community by Mayor Tom Menino to “showcase military equipment displays, perform community outreach projects, and honor local Marines during Marine Week Boston.”

At least that’s what the press release said. According to anti-war activists, however, Marine Week is a thinly veiled recruitment prop, and worse, one that was partially funded by taxpayers in that the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) supplied paint for a 375-square-foot “Community, Country, Corps” mural that Marines tagged in Hyde Park (two blocks from the mayor’s house). Though the value of the supplies in question is minimal, some say the value of highly visible political propaganda is significantly higher.

“I object to this without question,” says Greater Boston Stop the Wars Coalition co-founder John Harris. “Promoting the Marines in a time when millions of people are in opposition to the never-ending occupation is not appropriate, and certainly I don’t think that it should be paid for by the people of this city.”

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