Protest Against the Proposed War Against Iraq
29 September 2002
On 12 September, the President gave a speech at the UN in order to justify a first strike against Iraq. After two weeks to absorb the speech and await further evidence from the administration, we decided that they had no case. I believe this was the first official protest against the war. Happily, everything was peaceful. No head-busting, no blood-letting.
Police assemble on lawn in Dupont Circle. The fellow on the left holding the camera up is annoying them by photographing them close up. More on that a little later.
Police motorcycles ringing the fountain at Dupont Circle. This is NorthWest of the Capitol. Our plan was to march to the Vice-President's residence at the Naval Observatory on Massachusetts Avenue.
An hour before the scheduled start of the march. My guesstimate, based on my stay in Washington (I attended American University 1978-1982) was that this was about twice the usual number of people who would have been there about that time on a usual Sunday afternoon.
Still more people arriving. The brightly-colored items are for the puppet show.