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(en) US, Philly Fights Back - Organized to protest the war supported by both Bush and Kerry

From Worker <a-infos-en@ainfos.ca>
Date Fri, 5 Nov 2004 21:55:00 +0100 (CET)

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A post-election protest and rally, which included an anarchist and anti-fascist
contingent, breaks out into a spirited 2-hour plus march around the
city, blocking city streets and eventually taking over the eastbound
side of the Ben Franklin Bridge leading into New Jersey. [...]
With a spirit or mourning at the thought of another 4 years of
neo-con rule, and a spirit of resistance against the war supported
by the 2 major parties' presidential candidates, a crowd of around 100
people gathered in Love Park. MC'd by poet Martin Wiley, the crowd shared the
mic, sharing speeches, songs, and poems of resistance to the
continued Bush Regime. Following the rally, a spontaneous
march erupted into the streets of Philadelphia. Winding past City
Hall to Rittenhouse Square, the march grew to nearly 200. People
upset with the re-election of Bush as well as those against both
Bush and Kerry's war in Iraq joined in.

As the march wound past Rittenhouse, they chanted "George
Bush,George Bush,George Bush is on fire... we don't need no
water, let the motherfucker burn" and "No Bush, No Kerry.
Revolution is necessary."

Blocking traffic marching down Market Street, over Broad and up
South Street, the march drew mainly cheers and honks of support.
They played drums, whistles, an accordian, and guitar. A marcher
said how empowering this march felt, winding thru the city and
expressing the grief and anger over the direction of the US.

The march continued up past the Federal Courthouse and jail and
turned east. It turned towards the Benjamin Franklin Bridge,
blocking the lane heading towards New Jersey. A number of
marchers were troubled by the decision of the front of the march
to head in a direction that could lead to unnecessary arrest.

The end of the march was trailed by police and also a tv news
cameraman. some at the back decided to turn back rather than
risk arrest. However, a police officer was threatening the
newsperson. He told him to put down the camera, which was not
filming at the time. The cameraperson proceeded to contact his
news dispatch by walkie talkie. Arguing ensued at which the
officer grabbed him, made him drop the camera, and then kicked
it away. Another officer joined him in throwing the videojournalist
to the ground as some of the marchers tried to diffuse the
situation. The camera person, who one of the marchers said was
from Action News Channel 6, was thrown into a police car.

The other marchers did not see what happened and continued
towards new jersey, under threat of possible arrest.

However, they returned back to philadelphia, chanting "Ain't no
power like the power of the people" as they emerged from the
bridge, victorious in not getting themselves arrested.
Edited from infoshop.org

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