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Summary of Todays Boston Demonstration (english)
28 Nov 2003
Today's demonstration on Arlington Street was good. A small group of us were demonstrating against the U.S. occupation of Iraq. This is an excerpt from my blog of what happened.
Today I was in Boston for a small demonstration organized by this guy, Ebony, from the Green-Rainbow Coalition. I left around eleven. I wasn't expecting much traffic... Well, the rain slowed me down. By the time I got there, it was 12:20 or so. It was to start at 12:00. I got up from the subway, at the corner of Boylston and Arlington, and immediately I saw one of the demonstrators, Thomas. He was there with a sign that said something to the effect of "CIA BECHTEL HALIBURTON OUT OF IRAQ".

I walked around till I found Dave, an older guy. He must be in his mid sixties. He directed me to the sign organizer, Lisa. We were sort of scattered around the intersection on corners, so I worked my way through the crosswalks to Lisa. I told her I'm here for the demonstration, and she said there were signs being made. She got out her cell phone and called the guy making the signs. She gave me the sign she had to hold while she found them. If you were coming up Boylston towards the Garden, I'd be on the right side of the intersection.

The sign I had was a bit amusing if you keep up with current events. It read "George: You should've brought the troops back with you." For those of you who don't keep up with current events, yesterday George made a suprise appearance in Iraq for Thanksgiving. We were rallying for the withdrawl of U.S. force in Iraq. Afterwards, we have several options, the most sensible to me is the insertion of a United Nations force. Anyways, I was rotating. When the Boylston Street traffic was moving, I'd face that way, and when the Arlington Street traffic was moving, I'd point that way.

There was alot of public support. I'd get alot of thumbs up, grins from those who understood the sign, positive honks. I'm convinced that the vast majority of the nation, not the 50-50 crap that the polls claim, is against the war in Iraq. The only negative feedback I got was from hick in a pickup with a Confederate flag bumpersticker.

We stayed out there till two. It was cold and raining for most of the time. But, we did well, we got alot of publicity. All the duck bus' and tour bus' would pass by, giving us alot of coverage. However, the tourists seemed unfazed by the demonstration. On one occasion, a cop who was passing by flashed a peace sign at us. We weren't bothered by cops for demonstrating without a permit or anything. Alot of people would give feedback to us because we were outgoing. We were out with signs, smiling even through the cold, rainy weather, just being friendly.

David Ebony, (We just call him Ebony) who organized this demonstration, as well as some other events, put it best. It wasn't about how many people we had, it doesn't matter if George sees it or not. It's raising awareness, on the busiest shopping day of the year, a time of "me-me-me" consumerism. Hopefully I'll find these people in future demonstrations.

Afterwards, I headed up towards State Street. We went past Copley, and up before a subway entry the Artists Guild was holding their own demonstration, with puppetry and such. They were gathering signatures for a petition against the Boston law which requires them to have permits, bans some instruments because they're "too loud", and other things. Some of those instruments they banned aren't really that loud, either. I think it'd be more effective, however, if they held the demonstration down inside the subway station. An act of civil disobedience like that would get more attention.
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