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A Protest Against the War

Introduction – Part 1 – Part 2 – Part 3 – Part 4 – Movies

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Another protester follows the KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid), and projects a simple message - no war.

Another protester follows the KISS principle (Keep It Simple, Stupid), and projects a simple message – no war.


Here, we find an interesting contradiction in philosophy.  Republicans are generally considered to be "pro-life" when it comes to abortion.  Yet now, they're going in to Iraq, and killing people.  Hmmm...

Here, we find an interesting contradiction in philosophy.  Republicans are generally considered to be “pro-life” when it comes to abortion.  Yet now, they’re going in to Iraq, and killing people.  Hmmm…


This woman wears "PEACE" prominently, while rattling a set of maracas.

This woman wears “PEACE” prominently, while rattling a set of maracas.


Along the fountain in Freedom Plaza, people lined up and took seats to watch the speakers.  As you can see, this was a packed event!

Along the fountain in Freedom Plaza, people lined up and took seats to watch the speakers.  As you can see, this was a packed event!


On the outer perimeter, a woman hands out American flags.

On the outer perimeter, a woman hands out American flags.


My first comment upon seeing this was, "That's the biggest peace sign I've ever seen!"  It certainly gets the point across,that's for sure!

My first comment upon seeing this was, “That’s the biggest peace sign I’ve ever seen!”  It certainly gets the point across,that’s for sure!


A woman with International A.N.S.W.E.R. hands out leaflets explaining both International A.N.S.W.E.R.'s position, as well as upcoming events.

A woman with International A.N.S.W.E.R. hands out leaflets explaining both International A.N.S.W.E.R.’s position, as well as upcoming events.


This protester distributes signs expressing some of the uncertainty at this protest, since Saddam Hussein's regime had unexpectedly fallen just before this protest went on.  These signs, originally reading "STOP IRAQ WAR", now read "STOP IRAN WAR" after some quick cut-and-paste work.  I observed several different kinds of modifications made to this style sign throughout the course of the day.

This protester distributes signs expressing some of the uncertainty at this protest, since Saddam Hussein’s regime had unexpectedly fallen just before this protest went on.  These signs, originally reading “STOP IRAQ WAR”, now read “STOP IRAN WAR” after some quick cut-and-paste work.  I observed several different kinds of modifications made to this style sign throughout the course of the day.


These two demonstrators portray the Navy as the ones with blood on their hands, with the flag's stars being replaced with skull-and-crossbones images.

These two demonstrators portray the Navy as the ones with blood on their hands, with the flag’s stars being replaced with skull-and-crossbones images.


War is not the answer!  The Web site advertised on the poster is that of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, described as a Quaker lobby in the public interest.

War is not the answer!  The Web site advertised on the poster is that of the Friends Committee on National Legislation, described as a Quaker lobby in the public interest.


The United States as the real weapon of mass destruction?

The United States as the real weapon of mass destruction?


Call it what you want, but a rose is still a rose, or in this case a massacre is still a massacre.

Call it what you want, but a rose is still a rose, or in this case a massacre is still a massacre.


Images of Picasso's Guernica were another recurring theme throughout the day.

Images of Picasso’s Guernica were another recurring theme throughout the day.


The bottom line?  Peace!  Give us peace, and the rest will fall in line from it.

The bottom line?  Peace!  Give us peace, and the rest will fall in line from it.


A Vietnam veteran protests the Iraq war, along with a companion.  Also note the "Stop Iraq War" sign being held by the protester in front of them.

A Vietnam veteran protests the Iraq war, along with a companion.  Also note the “Stop Iraq War” sign being held by the protester in front of them.


When you have two former oil company executives as the President and as the Vice President, this is quite an easy connection to make.

When you have two former oil company executives as the President and as the Vice President, this is quite an easy connection to make.


Among the more disturbing images seen during the course of the day were those that showed casualties suffered by innocent Iraqi civilians as a result of bombings and other attacks.  Among the more disturbing images seen during the course of the day were those that showed casualties suffered by innocent Iraqi civilians as a result of bombings and other attacks.

Among the more disturbing images seen during the course of the day were those that showed casualties suffered by innocent Iraqi civilians as a result of bombings and other attacks.


Since when did George Bush have a mustache?  Well, no, but look at what style of mustache that it is.  It's a Hitler mustache.  This was one of a number of posters which denounced Bush as a madman, with a Hitler mustache.  The mustache theme was also shared by a number of posters supporting impeaching Bush.

Since when did George Bush have a mustache?  Well, no, but look at what style of mustache that it is.  It’s a Hitler mustache.  This was one of a number of posters which denounced Bush as a madman, with a Hitler mustache.  The mustache theme was also shared by a number of posters supporting impeaching Bush.


With this new twist on the "Three Little Pigs" story, this poster depicts President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as "War Pigs".

With this new twist on the “Three Little Pigs” story, this poster depicts President George Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld as “War Pigs”.


These two protesters I didn't quite understand.  They seemed totally mainstream, and indeed after checking the Web site of the Nebraskans for Peace organization named on their flyer, it was quite a mainstream organization.  Yet they appeared at the protest masked.  Who knows... nice people, though, and I really loved their flag.

These two protesters I didn’t quite understand.  They seemed totally mainstream, and indeed after checking the Web site of the Nebraskans for Peace organization named on their flyer, it was quite a mainstream organization.  Yet they appeared at the protest masked.  Who knows… nice people, though, and I really loved their flag.


"War = Primitive Overly Aggressive Act Created by Dehumanized Greedy Minds"

“War = Primitive Overly Aggressive Act Created by Dehumanized Greedy Minds”


On the stage, there was a little of everything, with people speaking, and playing music.

On the stage, there was a little of everything, with people speaking, and playing music.


This gentleman holds up a black shirt showing Bush with the single command: OBEY.

This gentleman holds up a black shirt showing Bush with the single command: OBEY.


It has appeared to many since the fall of the Taliban that the war on terror is a matter of hopping around from country to country believed to harbor terrorists.  So everyone's wondering what Bush's next move will be - which country we will "liberate" next.

It has appeared to many since the fall of the Taliban that the war on terror is a matter of hopping around from country to country believed to harbor terrorists.  So everyone’s wondering what Bush’s next move will be – which country we will “liberate” next.


With the fifty stars rearranged to form a peace sign, the whole idea behind this protest comes together.  Peace is patriotic.

With the fifty stars rearranged to form a peace sign, the whole idea behind this protest comes together.  Peace is patriotic.


Near the west end of Freedom Plaza, this person holds an effigy of George Bush and beats a drum.

Near the west end of Freedom Plaza, this person holds an effigy of George Bush and beats a drum.


At the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, just outside the JW Marriott Hotel, a black bloc has assembled.  Here, two of these masked protesters, which you may recall are the ones we encountered earlier, are holding up their signs in front of 14th Street traffic.  One of the most memorable things to happen while covering the black bloc was when a man riding in a passing car yelled out the window, "Why don't you love America?"

At the corner of 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, just outside the JW Marriott Hotel, a black bloc had assembled.  Here, two of these masked protesters, which you may recall are the ones we encountered earlier, are holding up their signs in front of 14th Street traffic.  One of the most memorable things to happen while covering the black bloc was when a man riding in a passing car yelled out the window, “Why don’t you love America?”


Quite a few black bloc protesters waved black and red flags, though black flags tended to predominate.  This protester is waving his flag in front of cars on 14th Street.

Quite a few black bloc protesters waved black and red flags, though black flags tended to predominate.  This protester is waving his flag in front of cars on 14th Street.


Now to get the picture of these two masked protesters, I had to answer a few questions so that they would be comfortable with how I intended to use the picture.  Remember that masked anarchists are people, too.  The first question was, "Are you with the police?"  Answer was, of course, no.  Second question was, "Are you affiliated with corporate media?"  To that, the answer was also no.  So they let me take their picture contingent on its being used only for noncommercial purposes.  Thus we're clear for Schumin Web, and they flashed the peace sign for the camera.

Now to get the picture of these two masked protesters, I had to answer a few questions so that they would be comfortable with how I intended to use the picture.  Remember that masked anarchists are people, too.  The first question was, “Are you with the police?”  Answer was, of course, no.  Second question was, “Are you affiliated with corporate media?”  To that, the answer was also no.  So they let me take their picture contingent on its being used only for noncommercial purposes.  Thus we’re clear for Schumin Web, and they flashed the peace sign for the camera.


Soon after the last photo was taken, the black bloc expanded their presence out into 14th Street, essentially blocking traffic, to the chant of, "Whose streets?  Our streets!"  Soon after the last photo was taken, the black bloc expanded their presence out into 14th Street, essentially blocking traffic, to the chant of, "Whose streets?  Our streets!"

Soon after the last photo was taken, the black bloc expanded their presence out into 14th Street, essentially blocking traffic, to the chant of, “Whose streets?  Our streets!”


In the street, some protesters waved their black flags high as a chant of "Ain't no power like the power of the people, cause the power of the people don't stop!" rang out.

In the street, some protesters waved their black flags high as a chant of “Ain’t no power like the power of the people, cause the power of the people don’t stop!” rang out.


This masked protester, dressed in red, had "Real men know when to stop" written on his left arm, and something else regarding empire on his right arm, but I was unable to make it all out.  All the while, he was shouting, along with the group, "Hey, Bush, we know you!  Your daddy was a killer, too!"

This masked protester, dressed in red, had “Real men know when to stop” written on his left arm, and something else regarding empire on his right arm, but I was unable to make it all out.  All the while, he was shouting, along with the group, “Hey, Bush, we know you!  Your daddy was a killer, too!”


Meanwhile, the MPDC takes up station on Pennsylvania Avenue at the northwest corner of Freedom Plaza.

Meanwhile, the MPDC takes up station on Pennsylvania Avenue at the northwest corner of Freedom Plaza.

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