Zombie's DNC Protest Roundup: 1968 Recreated?
To wrap up my coverage of the Democratic National Convention in Denver on August 25-28, I offer here a compilation of all the lesser marches, the forgotten vignettes, the little scenes that few ever saw.
Despite all the hubbub and furor about the anticipated protests, the truth is that they were mostly very tame. Aside from the one small riot on Monday night (which I accidentally participated in), and a couple of lesser confrontations here and there, not much happened, when you get right down to it. My first urge is to say I'm a bit disappointed in my coverage, but in reality I covered all there was to cover. It's not my fault that it was a wash-out.
All in all, I'd say '68 was not recreated.
I guess the lesson to be learned from this is: Never pre-announce a revolution ahead of time. Because the cops can read the Internet too.
The revolution should not be blogged.
And now let's peruse a week's worth of protests and piquant vistas.
The Stoner March
On Thursday, the final day of the convention, a coalition of marijuana-legalization groups staged a march to Invesco Field.
The event was purportedly to promote the use of "medical" marijuana, but as this sign reveals, that was rather a thin excuse, as well over 90% of the people there were perfectly healthy and just wanted to smoke pot for fun without fear of arrest. (Note stoner dudes in the background.)
The leaders of the march asked everyone to specifically not smoke joints during the march. Some obeyed, others did not.
Back before the march began, an aging Yippie enlisted several young acolytes to stage an anti-McCain prank. First they held McCain's picture upside-down...
...and then slammed a cream pie into it.
Overall, the march was very pro-Obama, since Obama had (according to the march leaders) promised to push for the legalization of medical marijuana; but not everyone was on board with that message.
The march was actually one of the largest during the entire convention, as this very foreshortened picture shows. I'd estimate somewhere between 500 and 1,000 pot-heads showed up (though that's just a wild guess).
The crowd was that large partly because a couple of far-left/anti-American groups joined in, such as this one...
...and, as always, the parasitical Revolutionary Communist Party.