I work within the animal rights movement, but I give a shit about humans
too, so I was at the protest today. These are some of the things I
1) After some protesters diverged from the prescribed route, some dude
with a bullhorn started berating the ones who chose to march up
Jefferson, yelling stuff like "Is this how you want the nation to
perceive portland?" and "You are seriously fucking up, we are not
here to work against the portland police" This same dude was later
yelling for a cameraman when the shit started coming down. Was this
WCW working to cover their asses? You tell me.
2) We were upfront and rushed by the police, someone was thrown
to the ground near me and shot at least 4 times with that orange
shotgun (beanbags/rubberbullets?) What the hell was that for? Or did
the rounds hit the cement only? because they also did that too. Later I
heard someone (who had been hit in the hip) say it was a older lady who
was shot. I hope if it was, she is OK.
3) The fact that no MSM news clips have sofar been from the ground (only
hazy far off helicopter stuff ) leads me to believe that they didn't
want to seriously document anything.
4) There was a lot less people than the protest in march.
My overall impression was that we have a bunch of brave people in
portland that give a damn. It gives me hope.