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New Tactics for Resisting Horse Charges
04 Oct 2000
Pro-democracy advocates discovered a new tactic tonight for resisting the aggressive maneuvers of police on horseback with an unexpected assist from Al Gore and the AFL-CIO.
Pro-democracy advocates discovered a new tactic tonight for resisting the aggressive maneuvers of police on horseback with an unexpected assist from Al Gore and the AFL-CIO.

After hours of tense but festive protests outside the UMass Boston campus where the first of three debates between George W. Bush and Al Gore was taking place, several hundred demonstrators surged through police barricades at about 10:30 p.m. and blockaded one of the exit streets.
Large numbers of police re-enforcements arrived including a half-dozen cops on horseback.

The police officers maneuvered their horses along the frontline of the seated blockaders. One police officer turned his horse around and tried to back into the crowd, a common tactic for intimidating and breaking up crowds of sitting protesters.

"It was terrifying. Seconds seemed like minutes." said Esther, a student from Ohio who found herself directly beneath the giant animal. A few hours earlier she had been interviewing Noam Chomsky for a hometown paper.

The crowd chanted "A horse is not a weapon! A horse is not a weapon!" There were shrieks of terror as the horse's slow but relentless advance continued. Then, people held up blue and white Gore and Lieberman campaign placards in front of the horse. The placards had been discarded by Massachusetts AFL-CIO members who had been bussed in to show support for Gore. The placards, which were made of an expensive grade of corrugated cardboard, halted the horse in its tracks. The police officer spun around and departed.

"The signs were big, shiny and reflective," Esther said. "I'm not sure what did the trick but it worked like magic."
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