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September 24 Protests

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In what I would consider the lighter side of protests, this woman carries a message of "Hi, Mom!" on the back of her sign.

In what I would consider the lighter side of protests, this woman carries a message of “Hi, Mom!” on the back of her sign.


The serious message on the other side of the sign said, "The end is near, stop the lie!"

The serious message on the other side of the sign said, “The end is near, stop the lie!”


Our march stopped a Metrobus Flxible running on the 42 dead in its tracks, causing it to pull over while we passed.

Our march stopped a Metrobus Flxible running on the 42 dead in its tracks, causing it to pull over while we passed.


The Rude Mechanical Orchestra takes up their instruments while Becca flies her flag.

The Rude Mechanical Orchestra takes up their instruments while Becca flies her flag.

The Rude Mechanical Orchestra takes up their instruments while Becca flies her flag.

The Rude Mechanical Orchestra takes up their instruments while Becca flies her flag.

The Rude Mechanical Orchestra takes up their instruments while Becca flies her flag.


Becca and another member of the Rude Mechanical Orchestra perform with their flags along Connecticut Avenue NW.


The march route took us southeast down Connecticut Avenue NW to Farragut Square.  From there, we headed south on 17th Street NW as far as H Street NW.  This took us to within a block of the World Bank.  We walked across Murrow Park, and onto Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the World Bank, as marchers shouted slogans such as “F— the World Bank!”


Arriving at the World Bank, and crossing through Murrow Park.


Arriving at the World Bank...

Arriving at the World Bank…

Arriving at the World Bank...


“F— THE WORLD BANK!  F— THE WORLD BANK!”


Perhaps the largest and most noticeable banner was this large, white one, reading "Reclaim Democracy".

Perhaps the largest and most noticeable banner was this large, white one, reading “Reclaim Democracy”.


Demonstrating in front of the World Bank, at the corner of 19th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.

Demonstrating in front of the World Bank, at the corner of 19th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW.


At this point, as the march reached 19th Street NW, it was announced that we would be turning around and marching back on H Street NW towards the White House.  Many people did just that.

At this point, as the march reached 19th Street NW, it was announced that we would be turning around and marching back on H Street NW towards the White House.  Many people did just that.


While those that were not in the large black bloc may have followed this directive, the black bloc itself attempted to continue north on 19th Street NW until encountering police barricading us off, preventing further passage.  Additionally, further westward progress on H Street NW was also blocked, and southward movement on 19th Street NW had been prevented ahead of time due to barricades in place for the meetings of the World Bank and IMF.


The black bloc, now by itself, attempts to continue on.

The black bloc, now by itself, attempts to continue on.


Shortly before the black bloc headed in, one of the police officers' horses took a moment to relieve itself in the street.

Shortly before the black bloc headed in, one of the police officers’ horses took a moment to relieve itself in the street.


One person took their protest sign and actually scooped up some of the horse's droppings!  I don't know what they ever ended up doing with it, but I think I can safely say that it probably wasn't pretty.

One person took their protest sign and actually scooped up some of the horse’s droppings!  I don’t know what they ever ended up doing with it, but I think I can safely say that it probably wasn’t pretty.

One person took their protest sign and actually scooped up some of the horse's droppings!  I don't know what they ever ended up doing with it, but I think I can safely say that it probably wasn't pretty.


With all roads blocked, this left only one way to go, and that was back the way we came, going east on H Street NW.  This began the black bloc’s separate march, following a very circuitous path through downtown Washington.  I have attempted to reconstruct the route as well as I could here, based on photos from the event, and various online maps.


The black bloc continues...

The black bloc continues…


The chant changes from “Whose streets?  Our streets!” to “No justice, no peace, no pigs on our streets!”


At 17th and H Streets NW, the march paused for a moment.  Two dump trucks parked as a barricade at this intersection were spray-painted with anarchist symbols.


Two dump trucks were spray painted with anarchist symbols at 17th and H Streets NW.  Two dump trucks were spray painted with anarchist symbols at 17th and H Streets NW.

Two dump trucks were spray painted with anarchist symbols at 17th and H Streets NW.

Two dump trucks were spray painted with anarchist symbols at 17th and H Streets NW.  Two dump trucks were spray painted with anarchist symbols at 17th and H Streets NW.


Meanwhile, a person drags a television on wheels, creatively painted up and wrapped in caution tape.

Meanwhile, a person drags a television on wheels, creatively painted up and wrapped in caution tape.


At this point, I was also starting to show some fatigue.  So I pulled out one of the bottled waters that I brought with me, and also shared it with my photographer friend.  I also took the opportunity to replace my by now sweat-soaked black bandanna with a red one that I had in my bag.  Thus I remained masked up, but now in red, and dry is definitely better than wet.

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