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two firsthand reports
04 Oct 2000
HUGE DEMO O3, March from Dudley
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04 Oct 2000
In the front row of the "protest pit" at 8:30 p.m., we witnessed the rat-a-tat-tat kamikazee baton-strikes of the freaked-out Officer Adrenalines. We got photos of thumps and whaps we're turning over to the Nat'l Lawyers Guild & IMC. In the dark, we were all soccer-match crushed when the cops charged the fences. But the crowd, a well-functioning unit--calm as could humanly be--avoided any trampling or panic by shouting "nonviolence" and raising arms in the air. We have experience! We are seasoned!

The march from Dudley and the noontime financial district march were overwhelmingly positive, humorous, earnest and right-on. Everyone on the sidewalk from Dudley on had a flier or piece of paper. How many times do you see EVERYONE on a parade route receptive to literature?! One group of men on the sidewalk joined in by shouting "F--- the politicians" over and over again.

Just one note on tactics (and I wish we had some type of communications set-up, walkie-talkies or something, so the crowd could keep better-informed): there was definitely an opportunity--though who could have known it?--before the black-garbed riot cops came when only 10-20 cops stood behind the barricades. Had we surged at that moment, UMASS would have been ours.