[Marxism] Organizers and NYC cop agree: 500,000 marched
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Mon Aug 30 06:53:13 MDT 2004
NY Times, August 30, 2004
Vast Anti-Bush Rally Greets Republicans in New York
By ROBERT D. McFADDEN
A roaring two-mile river of demonstrators surged through the canyons of
Manhattan yesterday in the city's largest political protest in decades,
a raucous but peaceful spectacle that pilloried George W. Bush and
demanded regime change in Washington.
On a sweltering August Sunday, the huge throng of protesters marched
past Madison Square Garden, the site of the Republican National
Convention opening today, and denounced President Bush as a misfit who
had plunged America into war and runaway debt, undermined civil and
constitutional rights, lied to the people, despoiled the environment and
used the presidency to benefit corporations and millionaires.
The protest organizer, United for Peace and Justice, estimated the crowd
at 500,000, rivaling a 1982 antinuclear rally in Central Park, and
double the number it had predicted. It was, at best, a rough estimate.
The Police Department, as is customary, offered no official estimate,
but one officer in touch with the police command center at Madison
Square Garden agreed that the crowd appeared to be close to a half-million.
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