WA newspaper, photographer targets of vandals

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OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Authorities say The Olympian and one of the newspaper's photographers were targets of vandalism that included anarchist graffiti and an acidic substance.

Police said Friday that graffiti was painted at the Tumwater home of photographer Tony Overman. The words "Overman snitch" were painted on a newspaper delivery truck and an apparently acidic substance was thrown on the exterior of The Olympian's building. The vandalism was discovered Thursday morning.

Overman told the newspaper that he believes a group of self-described anarchists is trying to intimidate him so that he doesn't take pictures of group members during public demonstrations. He says previously published photos have been used by police to identify anarchists.

The newspaper says Overman was assaulted last year as he attempted to take a photo of a professed anarchist during a march in Olympia.