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March 26th Peace Rally at Park St. T-Stop---Report and Opinion (english)
27 Mar 2003
Modified: 03:28:37 PM
150 anti-war protesters and about 6 pro-war protesters showed up on March 26th. I just wanted to point out a few observations I made.
Yesterday, March 26th, about a 150 anti-war activists showed up at the Park St. T stop to protest the war in Iraq. There was nothing extremely different said or any different tactics used than at other rallies I have attended. There seemed to be different faces though, so that seems to be a good thing. The speakers were interupted several times. One man insisted that he get an american flag. He started chants, saying "Give me a flag. Give me a flag." I don't know if he was just being funny or if he was a cop. Both seem like plausible explanations for his actions. Some of the organizers of the protest argued with the man. One lady told the cops to please ask the man to leave (I am not going to get into the irony of this). Eventually the man left. I tried following him to see where he went to (my paranoia made me feel he might be a police officer), but he disappeared fairly quickly (which made me more suspicious). After a while the skinheads showed up. They were quickly mocked, with the "seig heil" hand in the air. These skinheads stood in front of some of the other pro-war people. At first I thought this would be great for media coverage. The pro-war people and the skinheads "uniting." I thought it might discredit the pro-war movement. But, later I had mixed feelings on this. Maybe it shows how much more quickly our country is heading towards more militant racism by the public. The news, particularly channel 7 ("action" news), ate the arguing between the anti-war protesters and the pro-war people up. They seemed to care more about that than what anybody was saying. I had asked one of the reporters why they were so intent on filming this, and they told me, "People love sensationalism." I thanked him for his honesty. A few of us tried to form a march (maybe only 5 of us). We had talked and decided that these rallies of preaching to the choir are not going to stop the war. The march never happened though. Some of the people were concerned with the "legalties" of the march. Oh well, maybe next time. There was also a kid wearing a red bandana over his face. People, including the media, seemed very interested in why he was wearing the mask (though none of the media had questioned him). But, they did film his poster, which said something to the effect of, "The U.S. Military=The Worlds Greatest Terrorist Threat." Some of the protesters seemed to think this was a little "extreme." And many had asked him, "why are you wearing a mask? Are you an anarchist?" The reason I am pointing this out is because it seemed to much time was spent filming the "lone bandito," as one person called him. Many of the independent photographers were taking pictures and filming him.

The rally did not last very long. It seemed that more time was spent arguing with the skins and pro-war activists. It seemed more people were interested in passing out flyers about "clean elections." I want it to be known that I hope I am not being to harsh on yesterdays rally. I just wanted to make a few observations. Please feel free to e-mail me or post a comment with any complaints or suggestions with this article.


Craig
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Really You Do.... (english)
27 Mar 2003
lick-chick.jpg

You eed to make the trip and have a meal or two at my
favorite lunch and dinner stop.. even go there at bed
time --

unwind homeboy.. it could be worse. your right to demo
could become extinct if some have thier way.
chicken shit liberals (english)
27 Mar 2003
So there was 150 of you and a few pro-war (and in all probability, neo-nazi) skinheads and you let them intimidate you and rally themselves publicly? Am I missing something? Are you oblivious to the growing threat of organized racist movements who are making inroads into working class communities around issues such as Bush's war effort (while much of the left organizes among middle class students and liberals)? Why did no one physically confront them? This is a sad statement of the left today. Fucking Hitler could come to power and you people wouldn't do shit about it. In fact, you would probably defend his "right" to free speech and a position of power while the rest of us were forced off to concentration camps. You make me sick.
Peace Activist Etiquette (english)
27 Mar 2003
Modified: 06:02:19 PM
Peace Activist Etiquette

With all of this talk of impending war, many of us will encounter
"Peace Activists" who will try and convince us that we must refrain
from retaliating against the ones who terrorized us all on September
11, 2001, and those who support terror.

These activists may be alone or in a gathering.....most of us
don't know how to react to them. When you come upon one of these
people, or one of their rallies, here are the proper rules of
etiquette:

1. Listen politely while this person explains their views. Strike up
a conversation if necessary and look very interested in their ideas.
They will tell you how revenge is immoral, and that by attacking the
people who did this to us, we will only bring on more violence. They
! ; will probably use many arguments, ranging from political to
religious
to humanitarian.

2. In the middle of their remarks, without any warning, punch them in
the nose.

3. When the person gets up off of the ground, they will be very angry
and they may try to hit you, so be careful.

4. Very quickly and calmly remind the person that violence only
brings about more violence and remind them of their stand on this
matter. Tell them if they are really committed to a nonviolent
approach to undeserved attacks, they will turn the other cheek and
negotiate a solution. Tell them they must lead by example if they
really believe what they are saying.

5. Most of them will think for a moment and then agree that you are
correct.

6. As soon as ! they do that, hit them again. Only this time hit them
much harder. Square in the nose.

7. Repeat steps 2-5 until the desired results are obtained and the
idiot realizes how stupid of an argument he/she is making.

8. There is no difference in an individual attacking an unsuspecting
victim or a group of terrorists attacking a nation of people. It is
unacceptable and must be dealt with. Perhaps at a high cost.

We owe our military a huge debt for what they are about to do for
us and our children. We must support them and our leaders at times
like these. We have no choice. We either strike back, VERY HARD, or
we will keep getting hit in the nose.

Lesson over, class dismissed.
Cops have better things to do (english)
27 Mar 2003
Hey Craig, why were you so suspicious that the guy asking for the flag was a cop? Stop being so paranoid.