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J20: Counter-Inaugural

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A black bloc, as mentioned earlier, had gathered around the back of the group, but closer to the stage than the police cars.  This black bloc was definitely more hardcore than I was accustomed to, as a number of them had items for defending against pepper spray and tear gas close by.  A black bloc, as mentioned earlier, had gathered around the back of the group, but closer to the stage than the police cars.  This black bloc was definitely more hardcore than I was accustomed to, as a number of them had items for defending against pepper spray and tear gas close by.

A black bloc, as mentioned earlier, had gathered around the back of the group, but closer to the stage than the police cars.  This black bloc was definitely more hardcore than I was accustomed to, as a number of them had items for defending against pepper spray and tear gas close by.

A black bloc, as mentioned earlier, had gathered around the back of the group, but closer to the stage than the police cars.  This black bloc was definitely more hardcore than I was accustomed to, as a number of them had items for defending against pepper spray and tear gas close by.

A black bloc, as mentioned earlier, had gathered around the back of the group, but closer to the stage than the police cars.  This black bloc was definitely more hardcore than I was accustomed to, as a number of them had items for defending against pepper spray and tear gas close by.  A black bloc, as mentioned earlier, had gathered around the back of the group, but closer to the stage than the police cars.  This black bloc was definitely more hardcore than I was accustomed to, as a number of them had items for defending against pepper spray and tear gas close by.

A black bloc, as mentioned earlier, had gathered around the back of the group, but closer to the stage than the police cars.  This black bloc was definitely more hardcore than I was accustomed to, as a number of them had items for defending against pepper spray and tear gas close by.


A number of groups carried large banners, putting out their messages.  A number of groups carried large banners, putting out their messages.

A number of groups carried large banners, putting out their messages.


These people take a good look at how the Bush administration treats its opponents and its actions in war.  These people take a good look at how the Bush administration treats its opponents and its actions in war.

These people take a good look at how the Bush administration treats its opponents and its actions in war.


Quite a few people went masked during this demonstration that weren't otherwise dressed in full black bloc.  Quite a few people went masked during this demonstration that weren't otherwise dressed in full black bloc.

Quite a few people went masked during this demonstration that weren’t otherwise dressed in full black bloc.

Quite a few people went masked during this demonstration that weren't otherwise dressed in full black bloc.  Quite a few people went masked during this demonstration that weren't otherwise dressed in full black bloc.


This sign was by far the largest sign raised up in the march, and definitely made its point known by dropping a few F-bombs.  This sign was by far the largest sign raised up in the march, and definitely made its point known by dropping a few F-bombs.

This sign was by far the largest sign raised up in the march, and definitely made its point known by dropping a few F-bombs.


  I thought it was great to see people getting involved in politics so early on in life.  And even better, these people appear to have created these signs themselves, saying, "Send our troops home NOW!" and "Somewhere in Texas a village is missing its idiot!"  I thought it was great to see people getting involved in politics so early on in life.  And even better, these people appear to have created these signs themselves, saying, "Send our troops home NOW!" and "Somewhere in Texas a village is missing its idiot!"

I thought it was great to see people getting involved in politics so early on in life.  And even better, these people appear to have created these signs themselves, saying, “Send our troops home NOW!” and “Somewhere in Texas a village is missing its idiot!”


I particularly enjoyed the sign on the right in this photo.  As my mother is a teacher, our family is strongly against "No Child Left Behind" as we find that the program contains some provisions that are beyond educators' control, leaving everyone behind as a result.

I particularly enjoyed the sign on the right in this photo.  As my mother is a teacher, our family is strongly against “No Child Left Behind” as we find that the program contains some provisions that are beyond educators’ control, leaving everyone behind as a result.


This masked group had some interesting signs, criticizing the Bush administration by invoking religious figures, nature, and oppressive regimes.  This masked group had some interesting signs, criticizing the Bush administration by invoking religious figures, nature, and oppressive regimes.

This masked group had some interesting signs, criticizing the Bush administration by invoking religious figures, nature, and oppressive regimes.

This masked group had some interesting signs, criticizing the Bush administration by invoking religious figures, nature, and oppressive regimes.  This masked group had some interesting signs, criticizing the Bush administration by invoking religious figures, nature, and oppressive regimes.


On the back of the "Who Would Jesus Bomb" sign was a pro-choice message, as well as an F-bomb.

On the back of the “Who Would Jesus Bomb” sign was a pro-choice message, as well as an F-bomb.


This woman puts it best - it's like George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four.  Ignorance is strength, freedom is slavery, and war is peace.  Which is basically what the Bush administration wants us to think.

This woman puts it best – it’s like George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four.  Ignorance is strength, freedom is slavery, and war is peace.  Which is basically what the Bush administration wants us to think.


This pile of torn and discarded signs was what remained of the signs of a counter-protest by Protest Warrior.  This counter-protest sparked a conflict with the black bloc, and DAWN marshals ultimately had to intervene to restore peace between the two factions.

This pile of torn and discarded signs was what remained of the signs from a counter-protest by Protest Warrior.  This counter-protest sparked a confrontation between them and the black bloc demonstrators, and DAWN marshals ultimately had to intervene to restore peace between the two factions.


  Meanwhile, these two masked women sat on the ground while waiting for the march to get moving.  Interestingly enough, these two remembered me from the Million Worker March.

Meanwhile, these two masked women sat on the ground while waiting for the march to get moving.  Interestingly enough, these two remembered me from the Million Worker March.

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