The police? Tents are gone, some people are trying to sleep, others are making music or carrying signs, or dancing with scarves or trying to sell things. The weather was warm today but there was a chill in the air where there should be merriment.
This picture was taken from the balcony of Westlake Mall. Then a small Security Guard was dispatched to relay to us that we could not take photographs on private property, especially of political events. He was informed by a gentleman with a movie camera that the balcony was property with access to the public. (This will soon be on YouTube.) Later, I saw the Security Guard in Daiso $1.50 Japanese Store, buying a package of Rasperry Creme Marshmallows. On his walkie-talkie, these words could be heard: "Someone with a sign has just entered the first floor." (Picket signs are not allowed in Westlake Mall.)
These gentlemen were getting off the bus from Tacoma. Following the rally and march, they were intending to go to a "rave" at the Seattle Center.
I met this clarinetist on the bus who was used to riding bike, so needed a little directions. - $60,000 in debt for school and has yet to find a job. Later I heard patriotic songs being played sweetly on clarinet. I met the other activist as I left for my bus.
Perhaps I left too soon, as I just got a text message that "thousands" are there, & bellydancers!
When I was there, the police were not standing at the periphery as usual, but were walking amongst the crowd watching the speakers. The march was to start later. The press, unlike last Saturday, had not yet arrived.
There was to be a march in a bit, and 500 tents occupying this evening, according to signs.
Today, there were the occupiers, the activists, and quite a few rank and file, such as teachers, union members and families. There were a few Larouchies, Hell Fire dudes, conspiracy mongers and Krishnas as well, but on the fringes.
This guy expressed the sentiments of many, I think (also the guy on the right.)
last but not least ..
As I upload this I'm listening to Devotchka, "You Already Know How This Ends," but we don't. It's time for a movement because civil rights, antiwar, feminism, GLBT rights, labor, the environment and the very quality of life for most people are UNDER ATTACK. We need both peace & justice, and though the numbers are growing steadily, the people at the rallies are only the tip of the iceberg. Even the tourists in the "Duck" were giving thumbs up!