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A Protest Against the War

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

Part 4

The last phase of my protest coverage was at the corner of 18th and K Street NW, a block away from the Farragut West Metro station, near the end of the protest route (the route ended at nearby Farragut Square).  The character of this stage of the protest was significantly different than earlier in the day at Freedom Plaza and near the White House.  I guess it was because it was late in the day, as well as the increased police presence that created that feeling.  At this location, we encountered a number of protesters from Freedom Plaza, a lot of new faces, and also some new signs.

After the march, some protesters then descended into the Farragut West station, heading towards Stadium-Armory station, to board buses parked at RFK Stadium to go home.


Ahead of the group, a woman on a bicycle holds a flag featuring a dove with a rainbow streaming behind it.

Ahead of the group, a woman on a bicycle holds a flag featuring a dove with a rainbow streaming behind it.


At intersections, DC Police formed lines to keep the protesters on the correct route.

At intersections, DC Police formed lines to keep the protesters on the correct route.


And here comes the protest group, shouting, "No blood for oil!"  And here comes the protest group, shouting, "No blood for oil!"

And here comes the protest group, shouting, “No blood for oil!”


This protester is holding a sign with an idea that I was surprised didn't surface a long time ago... the whole idea of George Bush being like a cowboy.

This protester is holding a sign with an idea that I was surprised didn’t surface a long time ago… the whole idea of George Bush being like a cowboy.


Early on, the masked black bloc protesters passed through the intersection...

Early on, the masked black bloc protesters passed through the intersection…


Soon after the black bloc demonsrators passed through, the police decided to bust a move and converge on someone or something.  I don't know what caused the action or what the action was targeted against.  I was facing the other way when it started, photographing something else.  Protesters yelled out, "Shame!  Shame!  Shame!" as the police did their thing.

Soon after the black bloc demonsrators passed through, the police decided to bust a move and converge on someone or something.  I don’t know what caused the action or what the action was targeted against.  I was facing the other way when it started, photographing something else.  Protesters yelled out, “Shame!  Shame!  Shame!” as the police did their thing.


Soon after, however, order was restored, and the police with their bicycles were again lining the streets.

Soon after, however, order was restored, and the police with their bicycles were again lining the streets.


At the end of the protest route, the crowd of protesters marching was still quite thick, as they spread their message throughout the land.  At the end of the protest route, the crowd of protesters marching was still quite thick, as they spread their message throughout the land.

At the end of the protest route, the crowd of protesters marching was still quite thick, as they spread their message throughout the land.

At the end of the protest route, the crowd of protesters marching was still quite thick, as they spread their message throughout the land.


A protester with one of the aforementioned "Stop Iraq War" signs has this time added the word "Syria" to the sign, wondering whether this was the next stop in the war on terror.

A protester with one of the aforementioned “Stop Iraq War” signs has this time added the word “Syria” to the sign, wondering whether this was the next stop in the war on terror.


This masked protester, dressed in army fatigues, advocated no imperialist wars, displayed a picture of Che Guevara, and called, like a number of others, for the impeachment of George Bush.

This masked protester, dressed in army fatigues, advocated no imperialist wars, displayed a picture of Che Guevara, and called, like a number of others, for the impeachment of George Bush.


Along with the Earth flags, another flag that got flown at this protest was a United Nations flag, reminding us once again that we are also citizens of the world, as well as our respective countries.  Along with the Earth flags, another flag that got flown at this protest was a United Nations flag, reminding us once again that we are also citizens of the world, as well as our respective countries.

Along with the Earth flags, another flag that got flown at this protest was a United Nations flag, reminding us once again that we are also citizens of the world, as well as our respective countries.


The two figures from Picasso's Guernica again made an appearance at 18th and K.

The two figures from Picasso’s Guernica again made an appearance at 18th and K.


One of the more humorous posters was by this woman, who, simply put, advocated boobs over bombs...

One of the more humorous posters was by this woman, who, simply put, advocated boobs over bombs…


Other familiar scenes make their appearance, as the Patriot Act banner and corporate logo flag finish the protest route.

Other familiar scenes make their appearance, as the Patriot Act banner and corporate logo flag finish the protest route.

Other familiar scenes make their appearance, as the Patriot Act banner and corporate logo flag finish the protest route.


Towards the middle of the marching group, people from International A.N.S.W.E.R. rode in a truck wired for sound, playing canned music through the large speakers, and some of the people on board were making their own music.  The word on the street at this time was "The people, united, will never be defeated!"

Towards the middle of the marching group, people from International A.N.S.W.E.R. rode in a truck wired for sound, playing canned music through the large speakers, and some of the people on board were making their own music.  The word on the street at this time was “The people, united, will never be defeated!”


One of the places where people's creativity really came out was in the decoration of peace signs.  Just behind the "No blood for oil!" sign, a protester decorated their peace sign with colorful streamers!

One of the places where people’s creativity really came out was in the decoration of peace signs.  Just behind the “No blood for oil!” sign, a protester decorated their peace sign with colorful streamers!


This protester's sign shows the text of Revelation 18:21 from the New Testament.

This protester’s sign shows the text of Revelation 18:21 from the New Testament.  The full text of the verse, according to the King James Version of the Bible, reads:

And a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone, and cast it into the sea, saying, Thus with violence shall that great city Babylon be thrown down, and shall be found no more at all.


I have nothing but respect for this gentleman, who was so kind as to carry his dog when the dog began to tire.  Kindness to animals is always important...

I have nothing but respect for this gentleman, who was so kind as to carry his dog when the dog began to tire.  Kindness to animals is always important…


Among the more disturbing images presented, this protester holds a photograph of an innocent Iraqi citizen injured after attacks.

Among the more disturbing images presented, this protester holds a photograph of an innocent Iraqi citizen injured after attacks.


This is an important distinction!  Yes, treason is a crime according to the Constitution (and the only crime specified in the Constitution).  However, disagreeing with the government's actions is not akin to selling out your country to the enemy.

This is an important distinction!  Yes, treason is a crime according to the Constitution (and the only crime specified in the Constitution).  However, disagreeing with the government’s actions is not akin to selling out your country to the enemy.


Seeing a full, traditional American flag was a rarity today, as the flag took on many forms as an expression of various ideas.  But simply put, we all support America, and fly its flag proudly.

Seeing a full, traditional American flag was a rarity today, as the flag took on many forms as an expression of various ideas.  But simply put, we all support America, and fly its flag proudly.


This protester decorated a picture of Bush to appear like Hitler, adding a bit of hair that Bush naturally doesn't have to increase this appearance.  This was not the only case where Bush was likened to Hitler, but by far the most dramatic illustration.

This protester decorated a picture of Bush to appear like Hitler, adding a bit of hair that Bush naturally doesn’t have to increase this appearance.  This was not the only case where Bush was likened to Hitler, but by far the most dramatic illustration.


Finally, with a play on the term "Crude Oil", this protest sign tells us that war for oil is crude.

Finally, with a play on the term “Crude Oil”, this protest sign tells us that war for oil is crude.


After the protesters finished going through, I headed down into Farragut West station, and headed off to Rosslyn.  What a day!

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

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