Henwood NYC report (plus photos)

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sun Feb 16 06:37:44 MST 2003


(Pictures to accompany this report are at:
http://www.leftbusinessobserver.com/Feb15_intro.html)

New York: February 15, 2003
Doug Henwood

When the New York City authorities denied a permit for antiwar
demonstrators to march, allotting them only a fixed space near the UN, they
didn't expect a mobile throng of hundreds of thousands, spontaneously
filling twenty- and thirty-block stretches of Third, Second, and First
Avenues. It was lovely to watch the NYPD lose control of Third Avenue in
the mid-40s. They were reduced to pleas like "Please get on the sidewalk."
They tried nudging a few vehicles through the crowd, sirens blasting, but
as soon as they passed, the crowd took the street again, chanting "Whose
streets? Our streets!"

There were arrests late in the day - as many as 400. Here are some pics of
the ugly side of things, a lot uglier than what appears here. But for much
of the day, the cops seemed fairly resigned to the loss of the avenues. One
was overheard saying "I don't want to be here. It's too cold for this
shit." They made it hard to go east, forcing demonstrators to trek ten
blocks before making a right. Chants of "Whose streets? Our streets!"
didn't impress the cops behind their barricades.

It was a wonderful day, made more wonderful knowing similar things were
happening all over the world, in large numbers. Bush probably will get his
war, but he also has a worldwide rebellion against American imperialism on
his hands. That was visible on the streets today, but it's also happening
among elites. It'd be nice revenge on Bush if his America Firstism fosters
the rival centers of imperial power that his strategic policy aims to
strangle at birth - if, say, the EU were actually to develop a common
foreign policy, no longer under U.S. command (which is what the "crisis of
NATO" is about, a refusal to honor the chain of command). It's not clear
that big capital approves of the war, or the general aggressive posture.
It'd be nice to be a fly on the wall at a Council on Foreign Relations meeting.

But demos are much more fun than ruling class studies. Here are some pictures.


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