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Random: Santa Rampage in New Zealand! 
17th-Dec-2005 11:45 pm
I'll bet they were leftover Orc extras from The Lord of the Rings....

Santas Go on Rampage in New Zealand City

Dec 17, 11:39 PM (ET)

WELLINGTON, New Zealand (AP) - A group of 40 people dressed in Santa Claus costumes, many of them drunk, rampaged through New Zealand's largest city, robbing stores and assaulting security guards, police said Sunday.

The rampage, dubbed "Santarchy" by local newspapers, began early Saturday afternoon when the men, wearing ill-fitting Santa costumes, threw beer bottles and urinated on cars from an Auckland overpass, said Auckland Central Police spokeswoman Noreen Hegarty.

She said the men then rushed through a central city park, overturning garbage containers, throwing bottles at passing cars and spraying graffiti on buildings.

One man climbed the mooring line of a cruise ship before being ordered down by the captain. Other Santas, objecting when the man was arrested, attacked security staff, Hegarty said.

The remaining Santas entered a downtown convenience store and carried off beer and soft drinks.

"They came in, said 'Merry Christmas' and then helped themselves," store owner Changa Manakynda said.

Alex Dyer, a spokesman for the group, said Santarchy was a worldwide movement designed to protest the commercialization of Christmas.

Three people were arrested and charged with drunkenness and disorderly behavior.
18th-Dec-2005 01:42 pm (UTC)
Sounds like 'Santacon's are getting worse and worse.
18th-Dec-2005 06:05 pm (UTC)
a worldwide movement designed to protest the commercialization of Christmas.

I don't get it - they're trying to keep it commercial?
19th-Dec-2005 02:45 pm (UTC)
I can't shake the picture of Orcs with Santa hats pillaging Australian supermarkets. A scene from Peter Jackson's next film?
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