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Radicals, anarchists, and activists who attended last week’s National Conference on Organized Resistance, held annually at American University, were treated to an unsolicited deodorizing. On the afternoon of Feb. 5, several individuals in baseball caps entered Mary Graydon Hall and began heckling conferencegoers, one spraying them with what witnesses say was an aerosol can of Lysol. “They just came in and started spraying in people’s faces,” recalls conference attendee Pete Spina. The resulting fracas spilled out onto the campus, and university police officers stopped to intervene. The officers questioned the culprits, one of whom was still holding the can of disinfectant, and sent them on their way. As the group departed, one member waved the can in the air and shouted at attendees to “go home.” Campus spokesperson Maralee Csellar confirms that the offenders were AU students but did not release their names or report any disciplinary action. “Everybody at AU had a high regard for the [conference],” she says, “and we hope it doesn’t hinder future conferences.” One attendee said he was unimpressed by the officers’ response: “If I’d have done that, I’d be under arrest for assault.” —Isaiah Thompson