Hispanic Tea-Baggers Roll Three Deep to Protest New Times. Say We're Communists With No "Itelligence"

The monotony of a fairly slow news day was briefly interrupted here at New Times this afternoon, when a trio of Hispanic teabaggers (J.D. Hayworth supporters, nonetheless) camped out in front of our downtown Phoenix offices to call our writers "communists" with no "itelligence."

We're assuming they meant intelligence but we caught their drift.

They were surprisingly pleasant, as far as angry protesters go. Check out some photos after the jump.


The man with the megaphone is Arthur Olivias -- a Hispanic gentleman who opposes anyone who isn't anti-illegal-immigration.

New Times apparently made the list of stops on his afternoon of picketing.

Olivias believes we're "in cahoots" with Maricopa County Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox and others who oppose Arizona's tough, new immigration law. He says he made stops at their offices, too.

Olivias says he was even at the office of County Attorney "Rich" Romley, too. See below.

Olivias repeatedly shouted "New Times is a communistic newspaper" into his megaphone as reps from our HR department sat cackling in front of the building.

We tried to explain to Olivias that we sell ads here at New Times -- a lot of ads -- we don't exchange services. He wasn't havin' it.

He continued to hoot and holler into the mega-phone as we snapped pictures of him and his two cronies, who declined our invitations to speak as Olivias carried on his rant.

We offered to hug it out with Olivias but he declined. We settled on a firm handshake, and an agreement to agree to disagree.

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