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September 24 Protests

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A woman is symbolically gagged (with "democracy" written on the orange cloth) while also wearing a necklace with a less-than-flattering message about George W. Bush on it.

A woman is symbolically gagged (with “democracy” written on the orange cloth) while also wearing a necklace with a less-than-flattering message about George W. Bush on it.


This gentleman, contemplating a future scenario where air is privatized, compares it to gas prices.

This gentleman, contemplating a future scenario where air is privatized, compares it to gas prices.


The Mobilization for Global Justice brought their own props with them as well.  You may recall the large heads from A16, while the signs, representing various regions weighted down by debt, are new, combining a cutout of the region in question with the famous photo of the prisoner at Abu Ghraib.

The Mobilization for Global Justice brought their own props with them as well.  You may recall the large heads from A16, while the signs, representing various regions weighted down by debt, are new, combining a cutout of the region in question with the famous photo of the prisoner at Abu Ghraib.


Black bloc demonstrators' statements took various forms.  The gentleman on the left carries a flag, flown upside down (an international distress signal), with "smash the state" written on it.  Another gentleman is dressed for battle, wearing a helmet, goggles, padding on both arms, and carrying an anarchist flag.

Black bloc demonstrators’ statements took various forms.  The gentleman on the left carries a flag, flown upside down (an international distress signal), with “smash the state” written on it.  Another gentleman is dressed for battle, wearing a helmet, goggles, padding on both arms, and carrying an anarchist flag.

Black bloc demonstrators' statements took various forms.  The gentleman on the left carries a flag, flown upside down (an international distress signal), with "smash the state" written on it.  Another gentleman is dressed for battle, wearing a helmet, goggles, padding on both arms, and carrying an anarchist flag.


Panning back and forth across Dupont Circle from atop the inner circle of benches to give an overview of the crowd present.


One thing at this point that bothered me is when I was about to get a photo, an unidentified individual remarked, “Don’t let him take your picture, he’s with the cops!”  (We ignored them, though, and I still got the photo.)  I consider that kind of belief that anyone with a camera at a demonstration is in cahoots with the police to be somewhat narrow-minded.  Yes, we have seen instances in the past of police making their own home movies at demonstrations.  I documented a uniformed police officer filming at Dupont Circle during A16.  But to accuse anyone toting a camera of being affiliated with police without any information to support that claim is quite careless, in my opinion, and creates division in what should be a unified group.


Meanwhile, the police were waiting around at the southwest edge of Dupont Circle, near the 1300 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW.

Meanwhile, the police were waiting around at the southwest edge of Dupont Circle, near the 1300 block of New Hampshire Avenue NW.


While speeches were going on, another feeder march fed into our rally.  This one was protesting the School of the Americas located in Fort Benning, Georgia.  They brought their own music, banners, and crowd, and advertised a demonstration in November in Fort Benning.


The feeder march demonstrating against the School of the Americas makes a noisy entrance into Dupont Circle.  The feeder march demonstrating against the School of the Americas makes a noisy entrance into Dupont Circle.

The feeder march demonstrating against the School of the Americas makes a noisy entrance into Dupont Circle.

The feeder march demonstrating against the School of the Americas makes a noisy entrance into Dupont Circle.


With the addition of the group from the anti-School of the Americas feeder march, Dupont Circle was absolutely filled with people.  With the addition of the group from the anti-School of the Americas feeder march, Dupont Circle was absolutely filled with people.

With the addition of the group from the anti-School of the Americas feeder march, Dupont Circle was absolutely filled with people.

With the addition of the group from the anti-School of the Americas feeder march, Dupont Circle was absolutely filled with people.  With the addition of the group from the anti-School of the Americas feeder march, Dupont Circle was absolutely filled with people.

With the addition of the group from the anti-School of the Americas feeder march, Dupont Circle was absolutely filled with people.  With the addition of the group from the anti-School of the Americas feeder march, Dupont Circle was absolutely filled with people.


One of the largest signs depicted Paul Wolfowitz, president of the World Bank, as an emperor, and world torturer.

One of the largest signs depicted Paul Wolfowitz, president of the World Bank, as an emperor, and world torturer.


A person stands in a tree in order to get the perfect photography angle.

A person stands in a tree in order to get the perfect photography angle.


Street medics are a must at large protests, and these dedicated people are ready to step in to help in the event pepper spray or other crowd control agents are used, to help if anyone gets hurt, etc.

Street medics are a must at large protests, and these dedicated people are ready to step in to help in the event pepper spray or other crowd control agents are used, to help if anyone gets hurt, etc.


Just before the march to the World Bank and the White House stepped off, I met a tall gentleman wearing a red bandanna carrying a Sony video camera and also a still camera.  Turns out we both were very interested in photographing the march – he specialized in video, while I specialized in stills.  And each also had the capacity to shoot in the other’s medium – he had a separate still camera, and Big Mavica can shoot video.  We agreed to stick together for the march, which ended up working out quite well.

The march itself, as announced from the makeshift speaker’s area, was unpermitted, meaning that we did not have a formal march permit from the DC government.  The original plan, as announced on the Web site was to march from Dupont Circle to “some international financial target and then join up with the anti-war march.”

And then we were off!  In photographing the event, the two of us would certainly be getting our exercise, running between different sections of the march, walking alongside the march on the sidewalks at times, and all in all trying to get a good overall view of things.


The march is underway!  The march is underway!

The march is underway!

The march is underway!  The march is underway!


In the march, there were all kinds of signs, banners, and flags being carried.  All sorts of slogans were being shouted by the crowd – some were standard fare for protests, while others were ones that I’d not heard before.  Additionally, the Rude Mechanical Orchestra took up their instruments, with music and flag waving.


 

 


One of the many times that the march group would be shouting, “Whose streets?  Our streets!”

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