Thousands of protesters marched through the streets of Washington today, from near the White House to the Capitol, where they planned to stage a “die-in” to demonstrate their fervant opposition to the war in Iraq.
Protesters and counter-protesters started to gather by 8:30 a.m. for the first major anti-war protest in Washington since January, which is expected to be followed by a week of civil disobedience in the area intended to shift the anti-war movement to a more confrontational phase.
I’ll be interested to see actual coverage of this event, as weekend demonstrations have been rather lame over the past few years. Weekday schedules seem to do better, as it’s a nice excuse to cut class or skip work. But more often than not the events have sort of petered out when it’s the demonstrator’s own time on the line.
Though I guess the big “general strike” on Tuesday was a total bust. I didn’t hear one peep about it, though I had left a comment on the official site wondering where everyone was.
Anyway, I’d also like to point out this comment left on this week’s post about the defacing of the Vietnam War Memorial:
Hmmm, right in time for the Gathering of Eagles thingy. How convenient.
And Malkin makes a Youtube video that pretends to be a news story – about this “atack” – and wraps it up by advertising the Gathering of Eagles event. She uses the Wall for promotional purposes.
The Wall’s being attacked alright. Sickening.
Posted by Thom | September 14, 2007 3:29 PM
What Thom seems to be missing is that the Gathering of Eagles event was scheduled for this weekend in response to the the anti-war protests (organized by ANSWER), not the other way around. He seems perfectly willing to make a connecting with the upcoming patriotic event, thinking that the pro-military crowd would deface its own monuments to score points against the antiwar crowd. But he apparently isn’t nearly so quick to connect the antiwar event with the defacing, conveniently ignoring the long history of military monument defacing by the the unpatriotic protesters.
Everyone’s entitled to their own opinion, of course. My opinion is that Thom’s line of reasoning seems idiotic.
Here are some pics of the resistance and of the Gathering of Eagles at Victory Caucus.