Yesterdays FTAA protest at Congressman Blumenauers office went quite well. Among the 60-70 people attending, there were good spirits, good signs and banners and many friendly honks from cars passing by.
There were also approximately 20 police. . .with about a dozen on motorcycles, a couple cars, and 4 mounted on horses.
The police, as usual, unable to refrain from exerting their power over people, had to look hard for some offense because all the protestors there went out of their way to adhere to the letter of the law. Finding no "valid" ticketable offense, they gave one fellow a ticket for blocking the sidewalk.
He was leaving the protest, holding one end of a banner. The person walking behind, holding the tail end, drifted to the right so that the banner was slightly askew. They were quickly detained and given the ticket.
Ironically, the officer on his horse was entirely sideways blocking the sidewalk for about 10 minutes during part of the ticketing process. His horse was skittish and a number of times stamped his hoof quite hard on the concrete, causing people nearby to jump. A few people who were trying to walk by, had to wait. A couple others slipped quickly by along the building, nervous that the horse might kick them. The officers were oblivious to this fact.