by Andrew Crisp
Boise business owners were met with a big task on the morning of April 21. Plastered on walls and storefronts downtown were many red-and-blue posters baring a donkey, elephant and the words "Kony 2012" from the viral video created by the founders of Invisible Children.
The activists, some of them junior-high-school aged children, took part in Cover the Night, the Kony 2012 protest movement aimed at plastering American towns and cities with the face of Ugandan dictator Joseph Kony.
"Apparently the Kony 2012 folks were out and they had posted a lot of fliers on trees, poles and business," said Boise Police spokeswoman Lynn Hightower. "Business owners and the Saturday market folks were out there Saturday taking them down."
Officer Jim Schiffler with BPD reported to Hightower that while no citations were issued, many area residents were forced to clean up after the movement in the early hours before the Capitol City Public Market opened.
"The sad part was the movement’s organizers didn’t want them to be destructive," said Hightower.
The BPD had identified the intersection of Eighth and Main Streets as a place free for the expression, however, sidewalk chalk and Kony 2012 posters could be found throughout the core of downtown.