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Funk the War 7

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And then we continued, up 15th Street to the home of Parsons Corporation, another alleged war profiteer.


Demonstrating outside.

Demonstrating outside.


Code Pink demonstrators who joined our march partway through.

Code Pink demonstrators who joined our march partway through.


Underway again.

Underway again.


A masked couple poses for the camera.

A masked couple poses for the camera.


One woman wore jelly shoes to this protest, and honestly, I didn't understand why on earth she would want to do that (and trust me, I gave her a good-natured ribbing about it). First of all, I consider going to an anti-war protest in open shoes in the first place to be a bad idea. Secondly, it was cold on this particular day - the final day of winter. As you can see by the pink color of her toes, though, she was cold.

One woman wore jelly shoes to this protest, and honestly, I didn’t understand why on earth she would want to do that (and trust me, I gave her a good-natured ribbing about it). First of all, I consider going to an anti-war protest in open shoes in the first place to be a bad idea. Secondly, it was cold on this particular day – the final day of winter. As you can see by the pink color of her toes, though, she was cold.


"F--- THE WAR" and a peace sign drawn in chalk on a garage door. The person who chalked this got scolded by the police, but not arrested.

“F— THE WAR” and a peace sign drawn in chalk on a garage door. The person who chalked this got scolded by the police, but not arrested.


Continuing, we turned west on M Street, and ended up, by coincidence, in front of the headquarters of the National Geographic Society. But they would not be the focus of our demonstration. They just happened to be there. Our targets at that location were the Research Triangle Institute, the Project for the New American Century, and the American Enterprise Institute.

Unfortunately, one of our demonstrators was arrested here, allegedly for paint. They were handcuffed and taken away in a police car. The charges were later dropped.


The march is stopped while a demonstrator is arrested.

The march is stopped while a demonstrator is arrested.


Shouting “LET HIM GO!” while police arrest the demonstrator.


Arrested!

Arrested!


Watching as the arrest is completed.

Watching as the arrest is completed.


After the arrest was completed, we continued on our way, turning south on 18th Street to reach the Washington offices for Halliburton. Here, the self-described anarchists that met and formed a black bloc at McPherson Square joined us.


Underway again.

Underway again.


At Halliburton, the demonstration was spirited, but it turned ugly for a moment after a paint bomb (basically a water balloon containing paint instead of water) filled with dark pink paint (why that color?) was thrown at the building, and hit its target, splattering paint all over the building, the sidewalk, and (heh, heh) the police. When another paint bomb was discovered, that’s when police made their move, and a number of us, myself included, couldn’t get out of the way fast enough. Seriously, we had to move very quickly as the cops moved in on someone, and paint bombs in reserve got smashed, sending red, green, and yellow paint cascading onto the sidewalk and onto the people unfortunate enough to be nearby.


Demonstrating outside the Washington offices of Halliburton.  Demonstrating outside the Washington offices of Halliburton.

Demonstrating outside the Washington offices of Halliburton.

Demonstrating outside the Washington offices of Halliburton.  Demonstrating outside the Washington offices of Halliburton.


Dancing on the sidewalk outside the Washington offices of Halliburton.


Meanwhile, two photographers found a vantage point to witness the scene.

Meanwhile, two photographers found a vantage point to witness the scene.


A "paint bomb", filled with pink paint, found its target on the face of the building.  A "paint bomb", filled with pink paint, found its target on the face of the building.

A “paint bomb”, filled with pink paint, found its target on the face of the building.


The police move in. I could barely get out of the way fast enough, as evidenced by this blurred photo.

The police move in. I could barely get out of the way fast enough, as evidenced by this blurred photo.


Another potential paint bomb filled with red paint did not make its target, having been smashed on the ground, with its contents splattered all over the sidewalk.

Another potential paint bomb filled with red paint did not make its target, having been smashed on the ground, with its contents splattered all over the sidewalk.


Yellow paint spattered on the sidewalk. I managed to catch a spot of this paint on my shoe, in fact.

Yellow paint spattered on the sidewalk. I managed to catch a spot of this paint on my shoe, in fact.


A demonstrator stands covered in paint following the breaking of several paint bombs.

A demonstrator stands covered in paint following the breaking of several paint bombs.


Here, the second arrest took place, also allegedly for paint. The charges were later dropped.

From here, having reached all of our targets, the march set its sights on its endpoint – Dupont Circle. We returned to M Street heading west, and then turned north on 19th Street, and went straight up to the circle.


Underway once again, with our sights set on Dupont Circle.

Underway once again, with our sights set on Dupont Circle.


A woman shouts along the march route.

A woman shouts along the march route.


"Funk the War" sign.

“Funk the War” sign.


One poster gave a strong message: "Youth is a weapon, and we're armed to the teeth".

One poster gave a strong message: “Youth is a weapon, and we’re armed to the teeth”.


On 18th Street, we took both sides of the street!

On 18th Street, we took both sides of the street!


Meanwhile, MPDC Captain Jeff Herold takes a moment to check his cell phone.

Meanwhile, MPDC Captain Jeff Herold takes a moment to check his cell phone.

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