Everyone braved the cold to listen to speakers, current ELF spokesperson Leslie Pickering, Alan Graf of the National Lawyers Guild, and Lisa Distenfano, co-founder of Sea-Shepard, and then marched in the streets through downtown to pioneer square, and then back to the federal building.
All three speakers spoke well, and the various signs and voiced chants on the march showed a strong support for Craig, and for the ELF and ALF. It was a courageous group out on the streets, voicing their unambiguous support for ELF and ALF, even knowing that federal officers were likely videotaping them. More people are needed who will take a strong stand in solidarity with those who would defend all life on earth.
The police kept a good distance, and this reporter was ready to write something positive about their low key presence, but they had to spoil it by asserting their dominance and arresting a young man on a skateboard as everyone was dispersing. Not only did they arrest the one person, but one federal officer who was quite the asshole, was throwing his weight around, pushing people, and getting right in another persons face who had the audacity to stand up to his bullying.
It is a very simple concept - the police and other law enforcement works for the people and is subbordinate to the will of the people. They seem to have completely lost sight of this fact as their attitude and bearing is ever one of dominance and control.