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Occupy protesters mark start of Bohemian retreat

A panoply of liberal passions was expressed on a sunny Saturday afternoon at an Occupy Bohemian Grove protest at the Monte Rio Amphitheater.

An ensuing march to the gates of the grove resulted in the arrest of 75-year-old man later booked into county jail on suspicion of interfering with a peace officer.

The Sonoma County Sheriff's Office described the protest as "relatively small and peaceful."

About 150 people, including representatives of at least 10 Occupy groups, turned out for four hours of speeches and music at the event, organized by the Bohemian Grove Action Network.

A banner over the stage said "Creation of Care," a deliberate variation from the Cremation of Care ceremony set for Saturday night within nearby Bohemian Grove, where more than 2,000 wealthy and powerful men gathered for their annual retreat among the redwoods.

Signs posted around the amphitheater said "No (more) war for oil," "Don't tread on my uterus" and <HY0>"FWEEDOM."<HY1>

Tom Todd of Geyserville wore black-and-white convict's stripes with a stuffed fox on his back and three dollar bills on the front of his shirt.

"I'm crooked and sly," said Todd, a retired Teamster who once hauled Russian River gravel. "I'm imitating a politician."

His sign said: "Campaign contributions are bribes."

The Bohemian Grove protest began with drumming and singing by the Native Resistance Drum Group of Sonoma County.


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