So the crowd is gone... mortified at the flash rounds that were shot. How shocking! Did you really expect the police to tolerate your "Free State" which happened to be right square in the middle of streets that people depend on to get from one place to another.
<b>I have the highest respect for people who believe in their cause, and can articulate why they have the beliefs that they do.</b> 9 out of 10 of the people opposed to war can make their opinion known without intruding on the lives of others. They can be active participants in a very dynamic debate.
If you want to block streets, fine, block streets. But don't bitch at the cops who will come for you. Civil disobedience means just that: if you do it, you run the risk of punishment. It comes with the territory. It doesn't make the cops assholes -- they work for a living just like you do.
For those who practice civil disobedience, and accept that arrest is part of it, I also have the highest respect for you. For those who actively disobey orders and then say "golly gee, the cops care about that!!", I say, please -- think about what you do rather than being just another radical lemming.