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J20: Counter-Inaugural

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At the end of the rally, everyone, estimated at 10,000 according to reports on DC Indymedia, proceeded out of the park for the march, and took to 16th Street NW for the march to McPherson Square.  Those participating in the separate-but-related die-in event were asked to stay.  Those carrying coffins picked up their coffins to carry at this time as well.


The poster this person carries compares the $350 million that the United States sent for tsunami relief to the price of a single B-2 plane.

The poster this person carries compares the $350 million that the United States sent for tsunami relief to the price of a single B-2 plane.


The march is underway!

The march is underway!


At a street corner, I encountered people wearing large cutout masks representing George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, and other members of the Bush administration.  Another person was also dressed as the hooded Abu Ghraib prisoner that was shown in a photograph first made public in May 2004.

At a street corner, I encountered people wearing large cutout masks representing George W. Bush, Donald Rumsfeld, Condoleezza Rice, and other members of the Bush administration.  Another person was also dressed as the hooded Abu Ghraib prisoner that was shown in a photograph first made public in May 2004.


In the march, I soon met a woman wearing all red and a red bandanna holding up a sign saying "NO MORE SLOGANS!!!" with various slogans we've all heard penned in behind it.  The slogans that the poster decries over and over again are "Flip Flop", "Bring It On", "Girly Men", "The Governator", "Mushroom Cloud", "Weapons Of Mass Destruction", "Git Saddam", "September The Eleventh", "Support Our Troops", "Evil Doers", and "Terrorists".

In the march, I soon met a woman wearing all red and a red bandanna holding up a sign saying “NO MORE SLOGANS!!!” with various slogans we’ve all heard penned in behind it.  The slogans that the poster decries over and over again are “Flip Flop”, “Bring It On”, “Girly Men”, “The Governator”, “Mushroom Cloud”, “Weapons Of Mass Destruction”, “Git Saddam”, “September The Eleventh”, “Support Our Troops”, “Evil Doers”, and “Terrorists”.


At 12 noon, the march stopped momentarily.  It is unknown whether this was intentional or out of necessity, but it was symbolic nonetheless, as noon is when the President is sworn in, and this was noted amongst the marchers.


A man carrying a flag-draped coffin shows off a tattoo on his forearm, which reads, "INFIDEL".

A man carrying a flag-draped coffin shows off a tattoo on his forearm, which reads, “INFIDEL”.


Two black bloc demonstrators share an intimate moment along the march route while we were stopped briefly.

Two black bloc demonstrators share an intimate moment along the march route while we were stopped briefly.


Someone holds up a poster reading, "Not our President!" and "Not in our name".  The poster also shows the URL for the Not In Our Name Project.

Someone holds up a poster reading, “Not our President!” and “Not in our name”.  The poster also shows the URL for the Not In Our Name Project.


This woman shows off two trains of thought with her hands.  On one hand, she gives George W. Bush the one-finger salute.  And on the other hand, a peace sign.

This woman shows off two trains of thought with her hands.  On one hand, she gives George W. Bush the one-finger salute.  And on the other hand, a peace sign.


A person carrying a set of makeshift drums makes a beat for the marchers.

A person carrying a set of makeshift drums makes a beat for the marchers.


Marching down 16th Street NW.  Dig the awesome music!


This person holds up a flag showing a twist on the United States flag showing what is perceived as the real truth behind the war on terror.  The flag also advertises truth-now.com.

This person holds up a flag showing a twist on the United States flag showing what is perceived as the real truth behind the war on terror.  The flag also advertises truth-now.com.


As one sign reminds us what patriotism really is, the other speaks truth to power.

As one sign reminds us what patriotism really is, the other speaks truth to power.


I separated with the person in red when the march separated.  At the intersection of 16th and P Street NW, the black bloc separated from the main march to head towards Logan Circle.  The woman in the red and the rest of her group gathered to decide what to do.  At Logan Circle, there was to be an anti-authoritarian bloc meeting up, and this group was heading there.  According to reports on DC Indymedia, about 200 people broke off.  The breakaway march was unpermitted, and so anything could happen, while the regular march had a permit.  The group decided to go to Logan Circle.  I bid them a fond farewell, as I had an uneasy feeling about that breakaway march, fearing things could get ugly down there.  Thus I continued on with the main march.  It turned out to be a good idea to stay with the main march, but I’ll go into more detail about that later.  Jen from Potomac Hall, on her bicycle, rode off with the breakaway march group.


This banner, designed as an upside-down flag, which is generally viewed as a distress sign, indicates how times have changed since World War II...

This banner, designed as an upside-down flag, which is generally viewed as a distress sign, indicates how times have changed since World War II…


A guitar!

A guitar!


With much of the black bloc demonstrators splitting off, the amount of masked faces in the crowd dropped considerably.

With much of the black bloc demonstrators splitting off, the amount of masked faces in the crowd dropped considerably.


“Rise up with the people of the world!”


Beyond here, I found a sign that I found particularly amusing, and caught up to the woman carrying the sign.  I said hello, and got her to hold it up for a photo.


I ended up spending the rest of the march with this woman and her friend, as the march continued.  She carried her Bush-Mart sign, and I marched alongside.

I ended up spending the rest of the march with this woman and her friend, as the march continued.  She carried her Bush-Mart sign, and I marched alongside.


Continuing down 16th Street, we reached Scott Circle.  Scott Circle, like others in Northwest DC, has a pair of tunnels running underneath it to allow through traffic to bypass the circle.  At the time of our demonstration, the tunnels were undergoing refurbishment.  The northbound tunnel was closed for construction, while the southbound tunnel was striped for traffic in both directions to utilize the tunnel.  Our demonstration marched through the southbound tunnel.


Marching through the Scott Circle tunnel.  Note the people gathered above the tunnel cheering us on.  Marching through the Scott Circle tunnel.

Marching through the Scott Circle tunnel.  Note the people gathered above the tunnel cheering us on.


I had also shot a two-minute movie of the march in the tunnel, with the group’s seeming louder by virtue of being boxed in by the tunnel walls, but due to a technical problem with Big Mavica, the movie was lost.


At L Street, our march was temporarily broken in two, as we separated to allow an ambulance to pass through.  The march quickly got back together after the ambulance was clear.

At L Street, our march was temporarily broken in two, as we separated to allow an ambulance to pass through.  The march quickly got back together after the ambulance was clear.


“One, two, three, four, we don’t want your oil war!”


“What do we want?  PEACE!  When do we want it?  NOW!”


And the march continues...

And the march continues…


Beyond Scott Circle, it wasn’t long until we reached Eye Street, next to AFL-CIO headquarters, where the group made a hard left turn to reach the southern end of McPherson Square.  Here, we encountered a bit of a bottleneck, as we were stopped on Eye Street for some time.


Turning the corner onto Eye Street...

Turning the corner onto Eye Street…

Turning the corner onto Eye Street...


Waiting on Eye Street.

Waiting on Eye Street.


This woman, standing on her car, shows a poster criticizing Diebold, a manufacturer of election equipment.

This woman, standing on her car, shows a poster criticizing Diebold, a manufacturer of election equipment.


For reasons unbeknownst to me, an unmarked police car was trying to get down Eye Street against the normal flow of traffic.  Some demonstrators were shouting “WHOSE STREETS?  OUR STREETS!” as the police car sounded its siren as if to say, move it.


The police car blows its siren, and demonstrators are blocking its path, shouting “WHOSE STREETS?”


Metrobuses, Flxibles in this case, were strategically parked for use as roadblocks to keep traffic out of certain areas.  Metrobuses, Flxibles in this case, were strategically parked for use as roadblocks to keep traffic out of certain areas.

Metrobuses, Flxibles in this case, were strategically parked for use as roadblocks to keep traffic out of certain areas.


This poster turns "Fraud" into an acronym: Fact Reversal Acting to Undermine Democracy.

This poster turns “Fraud” into an acronym: Fact Reversal Acting to Undermine Democracy.

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