Conveniently dubbed “Hooligans” by many a corporate media entity, a group of anarchist “burners” have taken to besieging elitist camps on the Burning Man Playa.
The camp in question, White Ocean, is set up by veteran DJ Paul Oakenfold and Timur Sardarov, the son of oil magnate Rashid Sardarov (first red flag right there), is what’s called a “closed” camp, or “Plug & Play,” where millionaire burners bring on luxurious amenities like personal chefs and security, employing strict regulations preventing outsiders from entry. White Ocean is a dance music specific camp that stays operational throughout the day and nighttime hours.
The camp issued the following statement (boo hoo) via their Facebook Page:
“A band of hooligans raided our camp, stole from us, pulled and sliced all of our electrical lines leaving us with no refrigeration and wasting our food and glued our trailer doors shut, vandalized most of our camping infrastructure, dumped 200 gallons of potable water flooding our camp.
“This year has been quite the challenge for our camp. We have felt like we’ve been sabotaged from every angle, but last night’s chain of events, while we were all out enjoying our beautiful home, was an absolute and definitive confirmation that some feel we are not deserving of Burning Man”.
To which they also stated Burning Man responded with the amazingly on point:
“We actually had someone from the [Burning Man] organization tell us that in paraphrase ‘it makes sense that you have been sabotaged as you are a closed camp and not welcoming.”
As the influx of elitist camps and Silicon Valley millionaires seems to exponentially increase from year to year, it is without surprise (in this gross age of inequality) that many of the truly idealistic burners view such figures as the “parasite class,” with one burner describing the incident as:
“And so the revolution has begun. Taking Burning Man back from the parasite class, back from the electronic dance music tourists. Taking Burning Man back for the people. This wasn’t much but it’s a great start.”
It is perhaps a bit dramatic but, regardless, any step against the powers that be is commendable. Let’s hope next year’s Dutch version limits this unwelcome crowd.
Source: The Independent