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(en) US, Washington, The huge antiwar demo, Excerpt of a report - about antiauthoritarian activists

Date Mon, 29 Jan 2007 10:18:33 +0200

O tempore, o mores! Oh "Grannies for Peace" mingling with black-scarved anarchists! Oh one-block marches and celebrity speakers! <snip>
1:03 PM - Bwog notices that gobs of press guys are running towards a lawn closer to the Capitol, and we run over to get a look ourselves. It appears that a chanting mob of about 300 black-clad anarchists have come up against police resistance as they tried to march towards the Capitol. Bwog witnesses brief scuffles, motorcycle-butting on the part of the police, and etc. However, to our knowledge, no tear gas is thrown and no blood is shed. We then stand by, with many a video-camera capturer, and watch as the anarchists break through the police and make their way up to the reflecting pool. Stymied by the lack of ice on the water, they try to get around the pool, but not before they pose for a terrific photo-op with the Capitol in the background.
1:14 PM - Bwog watches from across the pool as the mob fights through police to make their way up to the steps of the Capitol. The police presence around the event swells, with more motorcycles, cars, and mounted cops showing up. A helicopter, for the media or otherwise, hangs above the chaotic scene.

1:22 PM - While some speaker elicits thunderous applause on the stage behind us, another mob of SDS kids starts storming towards the Capitol. Bwog decides to go in for a closer look, and watches several kids rush towards the higher levels of the building, only to be thwarted by cops. Tourists wave cheerfully as if they're watching a staged event, which confuses the protesters. All in all, it's a peaceful scene, however, with protesters kept at bay by piecemeal fencing. Bwog overhears a super-disgruntled Reuters reporter ("I said get him on the fucking phone, what the fuck are you doing!") and wonders which other media outlets the several dozen cameramen we see represent.
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