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Thousands protest in downtown

Thousands of people representing dozens of community groups, churches and political organizations descended upon downtown Portland Sunday afternoon in a mostly peaceful demonstration against the possible war with Iraq.
Thousands protest in downtown
11/17/2002

By KELLY LOVE and ANTONIA GIEDWOYN, KGW Staff

Thousands of people representing dozens of community groups, churches and political organizations descended upon downtown Portland Sunday afternoon in a mostly peaceful demonstration against the possible war with Iraq.

Police arrested one man after he jumped on a police car and spit on two officers as they tried to subdue him. The man, who identified himself as John Doe, was booked into jail on several charges including harassment and disorderly conduct.

Marchers forced traffic to halt through downtown as they chanted "Peace, no war!"

Anti-war protestors filled the streets of downtown Portland Sunday. (KGW Photo)

Fifty groups sponsored the march, and another 50 groups endorsed it, including many Portland area churches.

According to national polls, the protestors share a minority opinion. However, the split between the pro-war and anti-war sentiment has narrowed. In June, 61 percent of Americans supported war with Iraq. As of this week, support fell to 53 percent.
What I saw 17.Nov.2002 20:53

Kateshvara

For one thing the marchers did not force traffic to stop. This was a permitted march. I saw police officers blocking traffic, didn't KGW know that?
What I saw was a young mother carrying her child in the march. She may have walked the whole five miles of the walk. That's dedication.
I saw the radical feeder march make a rowdy entrance, and quiet down to let the speakers be heard.
I saw Groups of all kinds forming "e pluribus unum" and what a grand army of peaceniks it was. Isn't unity grand? Isn't harmony grang? There is some hope after all.

How many? 17.Nov.2002 22:13

Lamet W Vali

Sorry everybody, I have my pleasant hat on at the moment.

I didn't go downtown today, as I had too much other stuff which needed my attention.

How many people showed up approximately? mean little people?

For one thing the marchers did not force tra 17.Nov.2002 22:50

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For one thing the marchers did not force traffic to stop.

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Email KGW about this politely and rationally. I have complained to them in the past when they called Lon Mabon a "Pro-family activist" and they apologized and told me from now on they would refer to him as "anti-gay-rights activist Lon Mabon", and they have.

Minority Opinion 17.Nov.2002 23:18

participant

Kelly Love's article (and the Channel 8 lead news piece for the 11 o'clock news) stated that the demonstrators that gathered in downtown Portland share the minority opinion about whether the US should go to all out war on Iraq.

Then it goes on to say that in June, 61 perent 'supported' war and now the number is 53 percent.

I hate to be a stickler for such things as details, but it seems to me that the point is just the OPPOSITE of the one Kelly makes.

In five months, the support has dropped 8 percent and now stands at just 53 percent! Even granting Kelly's argument that 53 perecent 'support' war, (after all, who knows WHERE the poll numbers came from), this is a tiny and clearly shrinking majority.

At the rate we are going, the antiwar folks will be in the majority in a few short weeks.

When that happens, do we get to have peace? Or does it really only matter what three or four people (cheney, rumsfeld, rice, and oh yeah, george bush) want for us? What kind of majority is THAT?

Pleasant Hat 17.Nov.2002 23:24

brinda

estimates from a tree are around 4,800 mean little people.

People are People 18.Nov.2002 08:54

Talkin thru yer hat

They look like >4800 brave, beautiful, and kind people.

Bravo. Thanks for the pics and audio!

Let's see the videos!

So Beautiful! 18.Nov.2002 15:31

Blackbird

Thank you so much to all of you who walked & walked on Sunday! I had to work at the Saturday market and was unable to march with you. Me along with some vendors stood along the street clapping and mostly gauking for close to a half-hour as a steady stream all walked by. It gave me goose-bumps. Of course Indymedia is the only place to get decent coverage of the afternoon! Did we really expect anything different! Be proud of yourselves! It was beautiful! 5,000 people is beautiful!

~peace be with us all!

jon doe my ass 18.Nov.2002 18:44

sunshine

I personally know the "man" who was arrested on sunday and he is a sixteen year old boy who goes to wilson High school. When he was arrested I was ten feet away and he did not spit on two officers as they tried to subdue him, he sat on the bumper of the police car for one second, then ran back to the crowd. Then, two police men came up and grabbed him and hand-cuffed him, then dragged him for a few blocks to the police building. He was released around five on sunday and was not charged with anything. As to the blantent lying of the media, that is old news, but this article made me especially mad because it was a friend who didnt mean any harm.

Other than that, it was a great march and it was really cool to see so many dedicated people.