After a while, the "suspects" were dragged across several intersections and manhandled to the sidewalk here and there. The destination was the fountain at MLK Park where the "suspects" would be water boarded.
SF cops were not hostile and a squad of motor bike cops flanked the IVAW squad while another, on foot covered their rear, lending a bit more authenticity to the street theater. After departing MLK Park, the IVAW squad cut through Bloomingdale's to the Market Street side before surrounding and suppressing a group of anti-war demonstrators at the Powell Street cable car turnaround as several hundred shoppers milled about.
Onlookers were aghast. Teens, just wanting to be downtown to score a pair of tight-ass jeans, stood wide-eyed and a bit nervous. One child cried as his mother scurried him away. Tourists stared dumbfounded as a supporter read "These are NOT actors, they are veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. What you are seeing here today is not theater in the nations we occupy. . ."
Being that this IS San Francisco, most shoppers were very supportive and seemed to enjoy the brief respite from such hectic shopping. Most respected the action for what it was, then continued shopping.
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