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Demonstrators defy US police crackdown

Issue No. 1918

SOME 500,000 demonstrators took to the streets against George Bush on Sunday of last week. Three activists sent us reports of the whole series of protests that took place.

Dave Randall says, “New Yorkers made their feelings clear during the Republican Party conference despite a hugely repressive police operation.

“Last Sunday’s demonstration was one of the biggest ever seen in the city, and over a hundred other cultural events, vigils, meetings and protests were all well attended. No one can doubt the diversity and energy of the movement against Bush here.

“However, few break the taboo which exists around criticisms of the Democrats and John Kerry’s shamefully right wing policies.

“Hope can be found, however, in the working class neighborhoods where cynicism with mainstream politics is common.

“Here political graffiti not only attacks Bush but also celebrates the recent victories of Chavez in Venezuela.”

Nick Grant says, “A union march spanned 20 blocks (about a mile) up to the Republican convention on Thursday of last week.

“As many as 1,000 anti-Bush protesters were incarcerated in some filthy old warehouse on a Manhattan pier beside the Hudson River. It was dubbed ‘Guantanamo on the Hudson’.”

Dave Schmauch, of the Freedom Socialist Party says, “The week of protests got off to a jubilant start on Friday 27 August when several thousand cyclists gathered at Union Square to take part in the monthly ‘Critical Mass’ ride through the streets.

“Over 200 cyclists were arrested, including myself.

“Whole new layers of people are being politicised, most especially huge numbers of youth.

“Our job here in the US will be to continue this level of activism up to and beyond the elections in November, no matter who ends up occupying the White House!”


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Sat 11 Sep 2004, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1918
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