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Thread #56859   Message #892232
Posted By: McGrath of Harlow
17-Feb-03 - 01:54 PM
Thread Name: Report from NYC event Feb 15th
Subject: RE: Report from NYC event Feb 15th
Here's how The Daily Mirror in London reported the New York march. Remember the old slogan when the police rioted against demonstrators in Chicago back in 1968 - "The whole world is watching"? (That was the occasion when Winston Churchill's grandson, who has the same name and was covering the story as a reporter, was foolish enough to tell a cop who asked his name the truth, and got roughed up for being insolent...)

Well that was true this time. And this bit of the whole world wasn't too impressed with some of what it saw. Here's the opening paragraphs of that story I linked to just there:

On the streets of New York I saw the kind of freedom George Bush has vowed to gift to Iraq - menacing squads of riot police.

In an attempt to sabotage this deafening chorus of disapproval, blue helmeted officers backed by horses confined pockets of protesters to Manhattan side streets.

At the corner of 24th Street and Sixth Avenue, 30 blocks from the rallying point, I watched incredulous as around 200 baton wielding police set about a group of 100, feverishly tearing down their banners.

The provocation? Not staying on the pavement. Saddam Hussein's goons would have been proud.

Then they kept them tightly penned in a car park entrance, enjoying the fear and confusion on their faces. One officer warned me: "Hey bud, if you know what's good for you, get the f*** away."