Unknown perpetrators raised a pirate flag on an administrative building in St. Petersburg on Tuesday. This followed a similar symbolic assault on Sunday, when a Jolly Roger was raised on a mast of the Aurora, a historic cruiser long associated with the Russian Revolution that has been converted into a museum, and is moored on St. Petersburgs Neva River.
Responsibility for the Aurora pirate flag was claimed by two activist groups, The Peoples Share, and Food, Not Bombs. Organizers dubbed the boat invasion Remember October, or Aurora Sunday, and was meant as a protest against poverty. The name makes reference to the fact that October 17 is the International Day for the Eradication of Poverty.
The group of eight arrived at the Aurora on Sunday evening, and split into two groups. The first group, who were headed for the first mast, was stopped by museum employees. But the second group of three people managed to scale the second mast of the boat and hang the Jolly Roger flag, as well as a cloth emblazoned with slogans. In spite of rain and a cold wind, the occupiers stayed up on the mast for five hours, talking to the crowd down below and outlining demands. When they finally came down, shivering from the frigid conditions, they were immediately taken to the police station.
No group, political or otherwise, has yet claimed responsibility for the pirates flag on the administrative building. The flag, adorned with a skull and crossbones, fluttered above the office building for around three hours before being taken down by authorities.
Those behind the takeover of the Aurora presented themselves immediately, after the prank had been organized on the organizations website. The Peoples Share outfit identifies itself as anarchist. They did not consider the pirate attack a simple prank, but rather a practical beginning of political post-modernism.
So far, eight participants in the demonstration on the cruiser have been sentenced to administrative arrest or have been fined.
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