Thursday, March 20, 2003

The natives are restless.

All over downtown SF, protesters are camped out in intersections, one where they had potted trees and newspaper racks to form a low lying barricade. But just below the Sierra Club, you can see that it doesn't take much it seems to shut down a city. Many seem to be veterans of critical mass, all it takes is one or two people and traffic stops. A few more to get your back, and drivers usually stand down. The police seem remarkably absent and one wonders if they are chasing protesters all over town who just melt away and then reform elsewhere. Thank god terrorists are not so smart. As I write the human barricades below on 2nd and Mission have slipped away.

Of course, what good is it? Plenty of media but who is watching and who is swayed? What exactly is the message anyway?

The kneejerk response is, of course, "if they don't like it, let 'em go live in iraq" as one guy spat into his cellphone as he walked past. "Huh?"


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