Sunday, August 29, 2004
400,000 March In NYC Against War
|Overview of Sunady's march
This is what democracy looks like.
|Vastly exceeding expectations of 250,000 partipants, the march organized by United for Peace and Justice drew 400,000 people to streets and sidewalks of New York. A Continuous update of events is available at the Portland Indymedia site, as the New York site went down. |
In a move widely condemned by civil libertarians, organizers were denied their request to hold a rally in Central Park, a denial of First Amendment rights that was upheld by low-level courts.
In a pre-march gathering, filmmaker Michael Moore addressed the crowd. "We are the majority," Moore told them. "A majority of this country opposes this war ... a majority of this country never voted for this administration."
"We are saying 'no' to the Bush agenda, 'no' to the war in Iraq, 'no' to the regime change by our government, 'no' to preemptive war, 'no' to the economic policies," said Leslie Cagan, national coordinator for United for Peace and Justice.
Although the permit for the after-march rally was denied, thousands of people are gathering in Central Park in an informal show of strength and defiance of the war on American civil liberties.
Reporting by cell phone just after 4 p.m. New York Time, an Oregonian demonstrator told Portland Indymedia there were 'lots of people' in the part, with only 4 officers watching over people as she approached from Columbus Circle.