March 20, 2004: War Protest, Chicago

Going downtown to the protest.

They don’t have a permit for it.

It’s in the middle of the Magnificent Mile on a big shopping Saturday.

If you see me in a cloud of tear gas, wave “hi!”

Update:Over 20 million people marched for peace worldwide. Having trouble getting the pics off my cellphone and to the site. But here’s some coverage: mentioned previously here from Indy Media

Chicago, IL [ stories: 1 ] [photos: 1, 2, 3 ] [videos: 1, 2 ]

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3 responses to “March 20, 2004: War Protest, Chicago”

  1. Dr.Fish Avatar

    Protest what!!

    War protest… it was fine. Well attended and well-behaved. Got some pics I’ll try to post in a couple days.

  2. Tim Z. Avatar

    Sorry I couldn’t make it Saturday, but here’s something on TV that is rather timely.

    Richard Clarke, former White House advisor on terrorism, will be interviewed by Lesley Stahl on CBS’s “60 Minutes” Sunday night. I think that’s 6PM in Chicago.
    Clarke was the “terrorism czar” under four presidents, three Republican and one Democratic.
    In tonight’s program, he tells how the G.W. Bush administration did not take the threat of terrorism seriously until after 9/11.
    In fact, the president ignored warnings from CIA Director George Tenet in summer of 2001 that al-Qaeda was planning a major attack against the United States.
    And after the attacks, Bush insisted that Clarke produce a report blaming Saddam Husein for 9/11, in spite of a complete lack of evidence of Iraqi involvement.
    Clarke is the first high ranking White House insider to candidly discuss how the current administration viewed terrorism in 2001.

    The Bush-Cheney campaign is busy trying to paint John Kerry as weak on defense. This is a diversion, calculated to cover up Dubya’s own record of gross incompetence on national security.
    Joeseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister famously declared, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”
    That is the Bush-Cheney-Rove strategy for re-election.

  3.  Avatar

    And the critics jump:

    Photos from the rally in San Fran conveniently categorized in inflammatory taxonomy. I do think it’s strange how all the socialist and fringe groups come out for a war protest. Can’t we just march for peace. Do we have to get into Marx?

    Lileks bleats that the war protesters are nothing but a bunch of Saddam-loving pansies and jokes that we actually want Saddam re-installed. Yikes. “Did we march on the first anniversary of Saddam gassing the Kurds?” Of course we don’t because then we’d have to admit that we knew he was doing it all along. Again, the protest a year ago was not pro-Saddam, it was pro-diplomacy and pro-cooperation. It was asking to let the inspections work. For multi-lateral support in the U.N. For America to not be the arrogant asshole it is turning out to beIt’s unfortunate that the loudest protesters are the ones that get photographed. There’s no category for concerned parents or veterans that don’t want what happend to them to happen again.

    Yes, a war protest is can be a freakshow circus. That’s the point. Spectacle instead of violence.

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