FLAGSTAFF (NAZ Today) – An independently advertised pillow fight turned protest took place at Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff Saturday afternoon at 3 p.m. About 40 people participated.
The fight began as soon as a small group of people with a shopping cart modified with a loud stereo system, spray-painted cardboard and black flags arrived. Feathers exploded into the air several minutes into the fight, and Flagstaff police responded to a call to the scene moments later.
Soon after, Aaron Levy, a tall man wearing a black wig, stood on a bench and spoke for several minutes with a bullhorn, promoting anarchy and the support of RNC8, a group of Minneapolis-St. Paul residents who are facing felony conspiracy and terrorism charges for organizing against the 2008 Republican National Convention. Participants also wrote peace messages and symbols on the ground in chalk.
Police questioned Levy regarding the nature of the protest and how he was going to address the mess of feathers which had started to spread onto Aspen Ave. A total of four officers reported before the protest ended.
The protest had no organization sponsorship, and by the end of the fight, feathers still littered the south side of Heritage Square. Levy promised police he would organize the cleaning up of the feathers.
Charges of disorderly conduct are possible.