A gathering of peace activists in the Colorado Rockies turned violent Tuesday, according to a local newspaper:
“The Rainbow Family peace gathering turned hostile Tuesday when a group of attendees began hurling rocks and sticks at law enforcement officers, U.S. Forest Service officials said. The incident forced the officers to abandon a checkpoint they had established near the entrance to the Rainbow gathering campsite in North Routt County, Forest Service spokeswoman Diann Ritschard said. Officers had not returned to the checkpoint as of Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened at about 11 a.m. and involved Forest Service officers who were manning the checkpoint set up to issue citations to anyone attempting to enter the gathering. Citations were being issued because Rainbow Family members had not signed a free Forest Service special-use permit, which is required for gatherings of 75 or more people.”
And who are the Rainbow Family, you ask? Good question. They have an unofficial website with info about this year’s annual gathering in Colorado. The website states:
“I think it’s safe to say we’re into intentional community building, non- violence, and alternative lifestyles. We also believe that Peace and Love are a great thing, and there isn’t enough of that in this world.”
Isn’t non- violent Peace and Love a beautiful thing? I am sure the Forest Rangers would agree that there isn’t enough of it in this world. Especially in Colorado on Tuesday.