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J27 Anti-War Demonstration

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Arriving at the southeast corner, it was kind of one of those “now what?” moments.  At this point, we lacked direction, since we’d marched in and didn’t have a concrete plan from here.  At one point, a Capitol Police officer tried to arrest one demonstrator, but ultimately failed in doing so, as she was fighting against the black bloc for possession of one person.  The officer ultimately gave up on the attempt.  At another point, a number of people in the group got down on their knees and began bowing down to the Capitol Police officers.


More people were arriving all the time through the tunnel.  More people were arriving all the time through the tunnel.

More people were arriving all the time through the tunnel.


Everyone's just kind of like, now what?  Everyone's just kind of like, now what?

Everyone’s just kind of like, now what?


A Capitol Police officer is attempting to arrest a demonstrator.  Note her hand on the person's bag.  The remainder of the black bloc would not give him up without a fight.  The officer ultimately gave up the fight.

A Capitol Police officer is attempting to arrest a demonstrator.  Note her hand on the person’s bag.  The remainder of the black bloc would not give him up without a fight.  The officer ultimately gave up the fight.


With fists and flags raised, we demonstrate!

With fists and flags raised, we demonstrate!


While we demonstrated, Capitol Police officers stood up high, holding bullhorns.

While we demonstrated, Capitol Police officers stood up high, holding bullhorns.

While we demonstrated, Capitol Police officers stood up high, holding bullhorns.


The protest continues on the southeast side of the Capitol.  A man can be heard passing out the number for legal aid.


This masked person shows off two things: the Genocide Intervention Network shirt that they are wearing, and also the number for legal assistance for J27 that was written on their arm.  Writing numbers for legal help on one's arm is standard practice for many activists.  This way, because if it's written directly on the skin, it's not likely to get lost in the chaos of an arrest.

This masked person shows off two things: the Genocide Intervention Network shirt that they are wearing, and also the number for legal assistance for J27 that was written on their arm.  Writing numbers for legal help on one’s arm is standard practice for many activists.  This way, because if it’s written directly on the skin, it’s not likely to get lost in the chaos of an arrest.


Bowing down to the Capitol Police officers.

Bowing down to the Capitol Police officers.


And then we left the southeast corner, going back the way we came – through the tunnel.  We returned to the southwest corner, to the steps.  I think that our lack of direction at this juncture was best exemplified by the song we were singing as we marched back: The Ants Go Marching One By One.


We leave the southeast corner of the Capitol, this time going around the tunnel, rather than through it.

We leave the southeast corner of the Capitol, this time going around the tunnel, rather than through it.


Walking back around to the west front of the Capitol, with most of us going at a leisurely pace.

Walking back around to the west front of the Capitol, with most of us going at a leisurely pace.


“…and they all go marching down to the ground to get out of the rain!”


Some people, however, chose to run for it.

Some people, however, chose to run for it.


Some arrived in rows, with arms locked.

Some arrived in rows, with arms locked.


A woman dressed in pink holds up a sign to a row of police officers.  The sign says, "Bring my husband home now!"

A woman dressed in pink holds up a sign to a row of police officers.  The sign says, “Bring my husband home now!”


A woman holds a black flag while wearing another Anti-Flag shirt.

A woman holds a black flag while wearing another Anti-Flag shirt.


When we got back to the west front of the Capitol, after a few minutes a man, presumably with SDS, got on a bullhorn and tried to restore some sense of direction to our march.  He was ultimately unsuccessful in getting any sense of direction at this point.


A man addresses the crowd with a bullhorn, and takes a straw poll on where to go.

A man addresses the crowd with a bullhorn, and takes a straw poll on where to go.

A man addresses the crowd with a bullhorn, and takes a straw poll on where to go.


“…we’ll do this democratically.  We’ll do a fist for option one…”


Someone finally got the group to leave the Capitol when they said, “The master is not inside!” basically reminding us that this was a weekend, and that members of Congress were unlikely to be inside.  As we left, one person remarked, “Bye, government!”  We ultimately returned to 3rd Street, where it looked like we were going to march somewhere, but were ultimately stalled in the street for what felt like a long time.


The black bloc, along with a significant amount of mainstream marchers, returns to the street.

The black bloc, along with a significant amount of mainstream marchers, returns to the street.

The black bloc, along with a significant amount of mainstream marchers, returns to the street.


In the street, I ran into the first person I saw wearing the Anti-Flag shirt, now masked up.

In the street, I ran into the first person I saw wearing the Anti-Flag shirt, now masked up.


This woman carries a sign with an interesting spin: "Fight war, not wars."  That's deep.  Fight against the concept of war, rather than wage war.

This woman carries a sign with an interesting spin: “Fight war, not wars.”  That’s deep.  Fight against the concept of war, rather than wage war.


As a further indication of our lack of direction by this point, we again started singing The Ants Go Marching One By One in the streets.


The black bloc is stalled in the streets...  The black bloc is stalled in the streets...

The black bloc is stalled in the streets…

The black bloc is stalled in the streets...  The black bloc is stalled in the streets...

The black bloc is stalled in the streets...  The black bloc is stalled in the streets...


Part of what stalled us, besides our lack of direction, was actually the mainstream march, as it passed right by our location on 3rd Street.

Part of what stalled us, besides our lack of direction, was actually the mainstream march, as it passed right by our location on 3rd Street.

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