Massive anti-war protests (NYT coverage
) happened yesterday in many cities across the US. The local TV stations here in Oregon had continuing live coverage as Portland protestors shut down bridges and closed freeways
at various points of the evening. There were similar protests in Eugene and Ashland. Beyond this civil disobediance, there was little violence and few arrests. Which is amazing when you consider the number of people involved. There are similar stories in San Francisco
(though many more arrests...a record
, in fact), Chicago
, Los Angeles
, Washington DC
, St. Louis
, Athens OH
, Bennington VT
, Albany NY
, Olympia WA
, Santa Rosa CA
, Erie PA
, and more. I wonder if the war budget included the cost of civil unrest at home for states that are already struggling to get by. My other question: did the protestors get it out of their system? Or are we looking at a prolonged campaign?
has independent coverage of the protests here in Oregon.
Some weblog coverage of protests: Lisa Rein
, Kevin Burton
, Kung Fu Grippe
, and Jason Zada
in San Francisco. Raph Levian
in Berkeley. Stephen
(recounts being pepper-sprayed) and The One True b!X
(several posts with pictures) in Portland.