AR-News: (US) Arson arrest won't deter ELF
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Mon Sep 15 15:40:16 EDT 2003
As 25-year-old Pomona resident Joshua Thomas Connole sat in a West Covina
jail cell, Earth Liberation Front sympathizers said attacks will escalate
and the movement is stronger than ever.
ELF sympathizers said the arrest early Friday of a suspect in the
vandalism and arson attack of a West Covina car dealership did little, if
anything, to set back the loosely based radical environmental group, which
claimed responsibility for the Aug. 22 attacks that caused $2.5 million in
damages to 100 SUVs and Hummers at four car dealerships across the Valley.
Housemates described Connole as a school dropout who planned to enroll in
a junior college. He worked in the parts department and was a "gofer" for
a solar installation company.
He was also described by acquaintances as a practicing vegan who did not
drive a car and was looking forward to preparing an Indian meal for his
friends this week.
"Josh was a little lost," said Rosen. "He was between a teenager and an
adult. He was very disorganized and not a great student. But he was a
good-hearted and kind individual."
Steve Best, a philosophy professor at University of Texas in El Paso and
an ELF sympathizer, says the FBI bungled its investigation.
"This is not a setback to the movement," he said during a telephone
interview. "(Authorities) have made very few arrests and if they caught
anyone, it's a blip on the rocky road for freedom for Earth and animals."
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