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October Rebellion

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After the march got started, we took up a position in the southwest corner of the park to cheer. We did 3-6-9, George, Ugly, and Supersonic. As we did Supersonic, Sascha walked by just as we were doing, “George, you know the kids all freak!” with the related motions, and he saw me in the act, and commented. I cracked up.


The march is now underway!  The march is now underway!

The march is now underway!


The march itself was typical of World Bank/IMF marches – relatively short, but intense. We went out of Franklin Square via the park’s southwest corner, marched up 14th Street to K Street, then up to M Street, back down to K Street via 16th Street, and finally straight down 18th Street and into Murrow Park.

Early on in the march, we briefly paused. Usually, stop-and-go marches are ANSWER‘s trademark, as their marches are known for their intermittent motion. I joked to Maddy, “What is this, ANSWER?” Then later, as we turned onto M Street, I jokingly commented, again to Maddy, that we were heading back to Georgetown. Maddy fake-masked up in response. Still, I’m sure Georgetown would have loved to see us again…

During the march, RCDC did a variety of things. We marched as a group, and took up various places within the march. We cheered as we marched. We followed along with other chants the group was doing. And we also cheered to the side of the march. That would usually involve running up to the front of the march, doing a cheer as the crowd passed by, and then running up to the front of the march again. Needless to say, we certainly got our exercise on this particular day.


Part of the black bloc marches through the streets...

Part of the black bloc marches through the streets…


Meanwhile, RCDC joined in the march, just ahead of SDS.

Meanwhile, RCDC joined in the march, just ahead of SDS.


The chant changes from “World Bank, shut it down, World Bank, get out of town!” to “Whose streets? Our streets!”


 

 

 


“What’s the solution? People’s revolution! What’s the reaction? Direct action!”


RCDC cheers: “Drop the debt! Drop, drop the debt!”


As the march turned south onto 16th Street, RCDC was in the lead. We soon dropped to the end again, though, as we did a cheer.

As the march turned south onto 16th Street, RCDC was in the lead. We soon dropped to the end again, though, as we did a cheer.


The march continues, heading west on K Street.  The march continues, heading west on K Street.

The march continues, heading west on K Street.

The march continues, heading west on K Street.

The march continues, heading west on K Street.


Meanwhile, a small group, while still making forward progress in the march, was also running kind of willy-nilly to the side of the main march.  Meanwhile, a small group, while still making forward progress in the march, was also running kind of willy-nilly to the side of the main march.

Meanwhile, a small group, while still making forward progress in the march, was also running kind of willy-nilly to the side of the main march.

Meanwhile, a small group, while still making forward progress in the march, was also running kind of willy-nilly to the side of the main march.


RCDC performs “3-6-9” in the midst of the march.


“Bring the war home! (What?) Bring the war home!”


We have arrived!

We have arrived!


Arriving at Murrow Park, RCDC cheered on Pennsylvania Avenue, which runs in front of the World Bank. Following this, people just kind of milled around in the street for a bit. A group drew in chalk on the street, while another group spray painted various messages in the street.


Doing 3-6-9 in front of the World Bank.


After quickly breaking through one row of police tape designed to keep us in Murrow Park and off the street, one of the radical cheerleaders added the police tape to her outfit as a bit of an accent.

After quickly breaking through one row of police tape designed to keep us in Murrow Park and off the street, one of the radical cheerleaders added the police tape to her outfit as a bit of an accent.


We had about half of Pennsylvania Avenue, with metal barricades blocking further passage.

We had about half of Pennsylvania Avenue, with metal barricades blocking further passage.


The row of barricades was reinforced with a line of police officers, in that way of saying, don't even think about crossing this line.

The row of barricades was reinforced with a line of police officers, in that way of saying, don’t even think about crossing this line.


While no one crossed the line to my knowledge, some did stand right up against it, and stared at the World Bank building.

While no one crossed the line to my knowledge, some did stand right up against it, and stared at the World Bank building.


RCDC performs “Fraggle Rock” with the bullhorn in front of the World Bank.


“That’s bull—-! Get off it! The enemy is profit! Disease and starvation will not be sold by corporations!”


Meanwhile, the street next to the park was covered with chalk drawings...

Meanwhile, the street next to the park was covered with chalk drawings…


...and real graffiti.  ...and real graffiti.

…and real graffiti.

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