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actions & protests | imperialism & war m20: day x

THANK YOU, PROTESTERS!

This unpermitted, anarchic protest has been, by far, the most effective Portland protest to date. The local news has been riveted to the events, traffic was stopped, and the Portland police was clearly shown to be unable to rule the masses. Splinter tactics, direct action, and road blockages have been totally effective. TONIGHT, PORTLAND RULED ITSELF! THANK YOU, PROTESTERS!
This unpermitted, anarchic protest has been, by far, the most effective Portland protest to date. The local news has been riveted to the events, traffic was stopped, and the Portland police was clearly shown to be unable to rule the masses. Splinter tactics, direct action, and road blockages have been totally effective. TONIGHT, PORTLAND RULED ITSELF! THANK YOU, PROTESTERS!

Compare 5 hours of ongoing coverage on several television channels with the usual 10 second ("A small group [30,000] of anti-war protesters were present in downtown Portland Today. Meanwhile, a large group [100] of pro-war supporters demonstrated. Way to go, troops (yadda yadda yadda)."

How did you do it? You blocked traffic. You didn't obey the police or token leaders. You were mobile and outsmarted the cops. You had the guts to clash with cops on the Steel Bridge (right on, radicals!).

As the propaganda swells from the pillage of Iraq, you've gained control of Portland and brought attention to the fact that we do not want this war! Thank you so very much, protesters!!! I love you guys and gals!
tomorrow 20.Mar.2003 21:31

greymouse

I also thank the protestors, as I could not be there tonight. If folks are still there (and accessible) tomorrow morning, I will bring down some food.

hate to have to say this 20.Mar.2003 21:33

v

But the media are still reporting in terms of "negligible protest (tens of thousands)" and "More than _100_ pro-war protestors". They did it on Channel 8. They didn't actually even try to estimate the number of anti-war protestors, tried to play down size as much as possible, and then made sure to spin the pro-war idiots as being so very numerous! Disgusting. Corporate media spin, twist, and break the truth. Their manipulation of the truth is truly sickening to behold.