Volume 75, Number 20 | October 05 - 11, 2005

Villager photos by Tomas

Protest potpourri in D.C.

At the antiwar protest in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 24, demonstrators made their point in different ways. A woman originally from Russia who wore a Soviet scarf and had “proletariat” written on her arm, participated in the Black Bloc, a group of anarchists who tipped newspaper boxes and garbage cans and dumpsters into the street to snarl traffic; two topless women kissing were among a group of 20 or 30 similarly partially unclad peace activists who embraced under banners reading “Breasts not Bombs” and “War Is Indecent.” A woman named Hannah, a member of Food not Bombs — a group that provides free food to protesters — in Alexandria, Va., lay on the Mall in a mock Arlington Cemetery; the 100 or so white crosses were left blank and people were encouraged to write on them whatever they felt had “died” under the Bush administration. Demonstrators portrayed the Abu Ghraib prison torture victims in front of the White House.

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