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SAN DIEGO TO BUSH: YOU'RE NOT WELCOME HERE! (english)
28 Aug 2003
SAN DIEGO TO BUSH: YOU'RE NOT WELCOME HERE!

By Bob McCubbin
San Diego, Calif.
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Via Workers World News Service
Reprinted from the Aug. 28, 2003
issue of Workers World newspaper
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SAN DIEGO TO BUSH: YOU'RE NOT WELCOME HERE!

By Bob McCubbin
San Diego, Calif.

Inside the sprawling San Diego Convention Center, the local banking and corporate establishment assembled to greet the king.

A few blocks away, just beyond the glitter of the Gaslamp District,
many hundreds of homeless people were settling in for the evening in
the shadows of crumbling old warehouses.

Immediately across from the Conven tion Center, at least 1,000 San
Diegans had gathered along Harbor Drive with signs, banners and loud
voices to express their disapproval of the occupier of Iraq.

The protest, organized by the San Diego ANSWER coalition and the local
Peace and Justice Coalition, stretched along Harbor Drive from First to Fifth Avenues. Huge ANSWER banners proclaimed: "Occupation is not
liberation," "Bring the troops home now" and "George Bush is a war
criminal."

The visually striking protest was fully visible to Bush and his
entourage as the presidential motorcade sped along the highway and
swung into the Convention Center's underground parking facility.
Earlier, activists had dropped a huge pink banner from the window of a
facing hotel that read: "Bush you lied! You're fired!"

Following Bush's departure, ANSWER activists and other youths led a
march of hundreds through the streets of the Gaslamp District. Radical
writer and reporter Joe Williams III wrote in his eyewitness account,
"As the marchers began their trek through the Gaslamp District, they
passed a restaurant named Pat and Oscar's. As the protesters walked by, the restaurant workers came outside and started cheering the crowd....

"We marched a few blocks more, and I noticed a small group of
demonstrators surrounding a woman sitting on the ground. An onlooker
explained to me that the woman's foot had been stepped on by a horse.
The cop just rode off without a word. In the middle of what looked like a police state, not one officer inquired about what had happened. ...

"As the demonstrators dispersed, a marcher approached me about how we
could get the word out to the masses of people. I turned to him and
said, 'We just did.'"

- END -

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