Posted by Stella from 12-248-16-41.client.attbi.com (220.127.116.11) on Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at 1:30AM :
In Reply to: protest posted by Lilly from ? (18.104.22.168) on Monday, October 28, 2002 at 2:37PM :
The protest was wonderful. There were more than 150,000 people gathered together for one thing- PEACE. People of all ages marched in support of human rights and in protest of this oil war.
I was one of those 150,000. I went with a group at school called DePaul Students Against War. We began the protest by listening to several key speakers give their own take on the oil war. Susan Sarandon spoke as a mother who wants her children to grow up in a world not driven by idiot leaders who have nothing but money on their mind. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton also spoke...but they always speak so who cares. Jesse Jackson's full of crap most of the time and Al Sharpton crap consistency isn't too far from Jesse's. But I'm glad they voiced their opinions. Especially since it was one the protesters agree on. Anyway...
People held so many different signs up. Some examples were
"Regime Change Begins at Home"
"No Blood for Oil"
"Drop food, not bombs"
"Drop Bush, not bombs"
"Blessed are the peacemakers"
"Bush is a space cowboy"
and my personal favorite
"Those mothafuckers, they know not what they do!"
I’d also like to share with you some of the chants we came up with as we marched.
“Bush is on CRACK, the attack is WHACK”
“We want love, we want peace, just like Bush’s crackhead niece!”
To the tune of Glory, Glory Hallailujah, we sang “Bushie, Bushie is a fascist.”
To the tune of the Brady Bunch theme song, we sang “Here’s a story, about a dick named Cheney, who was scheming to get oil from Iraq…He used to work for Halliburton, and now he’s got their back!”
“Put down your flags, raise up your fists, the people united won’t stand for this. Your guns are nasty, your guns are smelly, and oil lines your belly!”
There were veterans at the protest as well. It was a great site to see where you have a Vietnam Vet in full uniform with PEACE buttons all over his jacket protesting the oil war.
There were people from all different kinds of backgrounds at the protest. There was a huge population of Korean Americans with huge signs that said KOREAN AMERICANS FOR PEACE IN IRAQ, or something like that. They also had a Korean drum troupe performing throughout the whole march.
I ran into the counter protest and I did see a couple of Kurds in their traditional garb in their midst. They were all chanting about wanting democracy and holding signs showing Saddam as an axis of evil along with Korea and John Mohammed. I tried to get through the line of guards surrounding them but I wasn’t given permission. I did however take pictures.
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