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Wednesday, September 01, 2004

Great photos of the freak show

From the The Resplendent Mango

Protest Photoblogging

Today I went down to Midtown to find and photograph the protests. I did indeed find them, so here you go.

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This band of bothers was up in my neighborhood for some reason. Not only did they have a sousaphone, they were lead by a man in a pink dress with a purple scarf. They did not, however, have rhythm. Nor music.
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I spotted this group as I was crossing 59th street along 5th Ave. They're very brave. Yay for Young Republicans!
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When I was in Times Square, I saw a bunch of cop cars heading south on Broadway, so I decided to head that way myself. At the corner of 40th and B'way, 18 bikers had ditched their bikes and sat down in the intersection. By the time I got there, they were all under arrest, sitting on the corner.
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This guy seemed very pleased with himself, and also rather pleased that I took his picture. I'm not sure whether he's representing the Leprechan League or the Lollipop Guild. I headed over to the steps of the Manhattan Public Library at 5th and 42nd street, where a major rally was scheduled to take place.
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Yes. We're exploiting 9/11. W alsoe eat babies. You caught us. Now what?
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When the cops began to move on the protesters, the whole crowd burst out chanting, "CHE! CHE! CHE! CHE!" Except for me. I burst out laughing, nearly blowing my liberal cover.
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This guy was informing the cops that he was a lifelong ACLU member. They seemed nonplussed, to say the least. The cops cleared the steps and forced us all over to the courtyard on the side.
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When we got to our new location, one of the guys busted out the bullhorn and we had a nice round of chanting. Some of the chants: "1-2-3-4 WE DON'T WANT THIS RACIST WAR! 5-6-7-8 WE DON'T WANT YOUR CORPORATE STATE!" Leader: "TELL ME WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!" Crowd: "THIS IS WHAT DEMOCRACY LOOKS LIKE!" "NO CONTRACTS, NO WAR!" "STRIKE! STRIKE! STRIKE! STRIKE!" (directed at the police) "YOU ARE THE WORKING CLASS!" (also directed at the police) "THE PEOPLE, UNITED, WILL NEVER BE DEFEATED" "NO MORE BATONS! PUT THEM DOWN!" "WE ALL LIVE IN A POLICE STATE, A POLICE STATE, A POLICE STATE WE ALL LIVE IN A POLICE STATE, A POLICE STATE, A POLICE STATE!" (to the tune of "Yellow Submarine") "WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER! WE'RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER!" (which is a pity, because the body odor of this crew was rather strong.)
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This woman had a loud voice and a great deal of enthusiasm, but absolutely no rhythm. She was chanting about a beat and a half behind the rest of the crowd.
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The typical lefty granola crowd -- flakes, fruits and nuts
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Here are the good guys, the fine men and women of the NYPD.
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Here are some more green hat "Legal Observers" from the National Lawyers Guild.
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On my way home, I found another 'band'. I assume that, if given the option, these righteous folks would vote for Democrat Robert C Byrd, as he is not a "compassionate conservative." That's all I have for tonight. Now go watch the convention. UPDATE: Welcome, Dean's World, MVRWC, and Club for Growth readers! Take a look around, and if you like what you see, drop me a comment or blogroll me. Thanks for stopping by!

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