Mon, Dec 19, 2005 - Page 5 News List

Drunken Santas cause anarchy in New Zealand

AP , WELLINGTON

A group of 40 people dressed in Santa Claus outfits, many of them drunk, went on a rampage through Auckland, New Zealand's largest city, robbing stores, assaulting security guards and urinating from highway overpasses, police said yesterday.

Lacking Xmas spirit

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

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

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

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