On January 13, 2003, Dick Cheney struck Portland a glancing blow and made off with close to half a million dollars. Those attending the event to protest the policies of the Bush adminstration were crowded in to a small "protest zone," barely within shouting distance to the Embassy Suite Hotel where Dick was fleecing his constituency.|
A couple links to Portland Indymedia postings concerning the protest:
Why It Is Wrong to Stand In A Free Speech Zone
Vice President Slithers Into Town For a Few Bucks.
This is a 6 minute video from that "protest zone," as the 75 or so people struggled with the suppression of their constitutional rights and the typical over reaction of the police, who at least equalled the number of protesters. Cops in cars. cops on bikes, cops on horses, cops on four wheelers, cops on foot, cops in riot gear, cops everywhere.
Being shot mostly after dark, the video is somewhat difficult to make out, though the night shot function of the camera helps quite a bit. I figure that the video is worth posting, as it does give an idea of what the "protest zone" was like and clearly portrays the community response to this outrage. I've limited the video to the DSL/CABLE Stream thinking that the 56K Stream would not be clear enough to see what was going on. But, if folks want this available on the 56K modem, I'd be glad to submit that a little later on.
All who attended were peaceful, though legitimately angered over the diminishment of their right to voice their grievences to an elected official and the ludicrous show of force by local law enforcement. And too, the corporate media were not herded into the same area, but were outside the "zone," enjoying freedom of movement and access to interviews with the protesters through the chain link fence.
What is Dick Cheney so afraid of?