So why did people take the steel bridge?
The point of the march was to shut down the city as much as possible. Period. They were doing it in solidarity with all the other cities/towns that were trying to shut there city/town down. They were trying to send a point, with all the rest of the cities that they werent going to take this laying down or for that matter standing and holding a sign, they were going to try to make a large enough impact on that days economy that bush would have to listen to us.
Did this work? Not much. It also helps that war doesnt stimulate our economy, it merely makes it flacid, which bush has been told time and time again and he doesnt care. But they tried. So onto the main point. Why did they try and take steel bridge?
In trying to shut city down like portland which is dependant on bridges, they made the obivous connection. So burnside was stopped. They stoped morrison for us. They started to go up to the Hawthorne but are march turned and went back down to third. They decided that they didnt want to march on,around and on top of the folks sitting down on burnside so we decided to take the steel. Then the marchers decided that they wanted to shut the bridge down anyway neccacary. You can rationalize this anyway you want to. But im just documenting at this point.
One line of 3 motorcycle cops came forward and decided that they wanted to stop the march of people. The march of people decided to go through those policemen. the police men regrouped along with 2 more motorcycle cops and tryed again. Same affect. The 5 police regrouped and went to form a line at the start of the bridge. Then to more bike cops showed up. 4 More regular uniformed cops showed. And a car drove behind them to back them up. Marchers decided to try there luck at shutting it down anyway they could and charged the police lines. The police fought back oviously, mostly hitting protestors with batons and the 2 bike cops at the side both took two pepper spray canisters out and drained them on the crowd. This is where the policeman was injured. A protestor swung a metal bat over the banners and struck a cop on the head. The cops retaliated and struck a protestor in the head. Both went to the hospital both got stiches. Then the police formed up a line of horses and riot cops and the protestors sat down. Yada yada yada. Police won, protestors walked to burnside.
That was the steel bridge. Romantize it. Hate it. Whatever but that was basically it. They needed to take the bridge. They tryed one way. They lost. They went to another place. One thing that you cant argue with is that they were trying to be affective. If every person against the war was trying to be affective against it, trying to fight to win than this anti war movement wouldnt be so weak. And this doesnt mean fighting the police but as simple as sending a 1000 letters to vera katz asking for a resolution. But anything other then just signwaving and feeling comfortable with it. Fucking pisses me off.