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(en) Large anarchist presence at Jericho '98

From Chuck0 <chuck@tao.ca>
Date Sat, 28 Mar 1998 13:36:30 -0500
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Large anarchist presence at Jericho '98
by Chuck0

Washington, DC (March 28) -- Over 5000 people from all over North
America assembled in Washington, DC for Jericho '98, a day of protest in
support of U.S. political prisoners. It was a beautiful day for the
event--sunny and in the low 80s-but not a beautiful day for those still
locked up. 

Folks gathered at Malcolm X Park in the morning and around 11am they
started marching down 14th Street NW to the White House. It was a very
colorful parade, with black flags, and black and red flafs, and african
tri-color flags. There was also a contingent of large puppets.

The march to the White House was without incident, although several
parked squad cars were stencilled with the message "Free All Political
Prisoners." The march arrived at the White House and then marched once
around the White House in full view of the thousands of tourists who
were visiting for the Cherry Blossom Festival. The march ended in a
multi-hour rally in Lafayette Park.

One of the significant aspects of the march was the large anarchist
contingent, which numbered at least 500. I talked with the anarchists
who attended and found people from Boston, Detroit, New York,
Philadelphia, Gainesville, Florida, Atlanta, Asheville, NC, Charlotte,
NC, Richmond, VA, Baltimore, D.C., San Francisco and many more places.
The anarchists didn't quite march in a black block, but they were quite
visible.

Another interesting thing is that there seems to be alot of interest in
anarchy in Southern U.S. states like North Carolina, Florida, Georgia,
and others. These folks are looking for solidarity and support.

For a more extensive, multimedia account of Jericho, see:
http://www.sinkers.org/jericho98/index.html

None of the local media outlets covered the protest. It wasn't mentioned
on any of the local TV news and there was nothing about it in the
Washington Post. The protest was much larger (5000) than the demo
against U.S. agression in Iraq (3000), which was held in February in the
same location.

Free Mumia Abu-Jamal, Leonard Peltier, and all political prisoners
-- 
Chuck0

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