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Thread #98468   Message #1950948
Posted By: GUEST
29-Jan-07 - 12:06 AM
Thread Name: BS: Washington Anti-War Protest
Subject: RE: BS: Washington Anti-War Protest
Scoville says:

"My brother tells us that during Jesse Jackson's speech, a police SUV drove around through the crowd blaring its siren for no apparent reason except to disrupt things."

It would be easy for those in front of the stage to think this. Actually, during Jackson's speech, SDS was staging their push to the Capitol steps, and all nearby police came racing to block them. Riot helmeted police formed lines twice to block the students, but they (SDS) linked arms and pushed through - finally occupying the west terrace -- peacefully. I suspect that the sirens were not an intentional ploy to disrupt the speech. They were on their way to reinforce the motorcycle and mounted police who were being over-run.