Sunday, March 19, 2006

Portland Anti-war Rally, Part 1

Thousands of people took to the streets in downtown Portland today to protest the war in Iraq. One of the funniest things I saw was when a pair of skateboarders stood on the sidewalk, pounded the ground with their boards and chanted "We're in the wrong gulf!" They meant that more American troops should have been in the Gulf of Mexico to assist with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, rather than being in the Persian Gulf. But most people did not understand their slogan at all. It seemed that most protesters mistook them for a pro-war counter-protest, and gave them dirty looks. The skateboarders grew frustrated, and said, "ask us if you don't understand!" Then they pounded the ground more vigorously and said, "This is how you f***ing protest, you gotta get mad!" Posted by Picasa

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I can't help thinking that an anti-war rally might be more controversial somewhere other than Portland, e.g., deep in the heart of a red state.

But it sounds like everyone had a good time (except for those who were hoping to show civil disobedience to an ill-behaved police force).