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M18 Anti-war March Pics
by Abie Saturday, Mar. 18, 2006 at 8:22 PM

Here are some photos from the March 18th anti-war action. Marchers, flags, signs, cops, and more cops.

M18 Anti-war March P...
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PITTSBURGH -- A day of anti-war action marked the 3rd anniversary of our ill-advised incursion into Iraq. We biked, marched, drummed, and some folks even prayed.

KDKA reports "hundreds" turned out. Mainstream newspapers regurgitating the AP reports emphasize that "less" people turned out this year than last year. My quick count was 1,500 people took to the streets on what began as a very cold winter day. An independent count put the number at 2,000. Is that at all important?

Here are some pictures. See with your own eyes.

Good question
by Abie Saturday, Mar. 18, 2006 at 8:22 PM

Good question...
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Anything to hide?
by Abie Saturday, Mar. 18, 2006 at 8:22 PM

Anything to hide?...
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Blood and oil
by Abie Saturday, Mar. 18, 2006 at 8:22 PM

Blood and oil...
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Love, peace, and camera phones
by Abie Saturday, Mar. 18, 2006 at 8:22 PM

Love, peace, and cam...
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What is an anarcho-syndicalist anyways?
by Abie Saturday, Mar. 18, 2006 at 8:22 PM

What is an anarcho-s...
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Marchers
by Abie Saturday, Mar. 18, 2006 at 8:22 PM

Marchers...
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More marchers
by Abie Saturday, Mar. 18, 2006 at 8:22 PM

More marchers...
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More marchers and the tallest tower of learning in the free world
by Abie Saturday, Mar. 18, 2006 at 8:22 PM

More marchers and th...
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Flags and marching
by Abie Saturday, Mar. 18, 2006 at 8:22 PM

Flags and marching...
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More flags and more marching
by Abie Saturday, Mar. 18, 2006 at 8:22 PM

More flags and more ...
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If you like riot cops, you'll love the marines
by Abie Saturday, Mar. 18, 2006 at 8:22 PM

If you like riot cop...
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We love S.D.
by Abie Saturday, Mar. 18, 2006 at 8:22 PM

We love S.D....
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The surveillance
by Abie Saturday, Mar. 18, 2006 at 8:22 PM

The surveillance...
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Those secret cameras aren't fooling anyone
by Abie Saturday, Mar. 18, 2006 at 8:22 PM

Those secret cameras...
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And finally, the 300 lb German shepards
by Abie Saturday, Mar. 18, 2006 at 8:22 PM

And finally, the 300...
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IF....
by theone Sunday, Mar. 19, 2006 at 1:16 AM

we do not live in a "police state",
then WHY are there sooooooooo
many POLICE at these things?
gee...hmmmm....

My Response to March Photos
by Kay in Maine Sunday, Mar. 19, 2006 at 7:59 AM
KayZee333@aol.com

Hello my fellow Patriots! Good for you guys to get out and spend some time lambasting this autrocious government we currently have.

One of the photos provided on your website of the march has a woman in the background who had her back to the camera and her sweatshirt read, "IMPEACH DUMBASS". Love it!!!!

Yes, we are quickly becoming a Police State. I'm thinking that the only way to kill such a Devil would be to hold the Constitution up to it, what do you think? Think it will work?

Peace be with us.

i
by i Sunday, Mar. 19, 2006 at 12:14 PM

Maybe you should visit something called a library and do some research into what a police state truly looks like before you decide to make your ignorance public.

Check into Romania or maybe Hungary in the 1950's. That should do for a start.

PIcs of Police presence
by Yellow Canary Sunday, Mar. 19, 2006 at 12:34 PM

A great set of photos of the huge police presence has been posted to the Daily Kos. Pics are at http://www.dailykos.com/story/2006/3/18/223848/425.

Response to What is an anarcho-syndicalist...
by Blake Murphy Sunday, Mar. 19, 2006 at 1:09 PM

An anarcho-syndicalist is an anarchist with a strong leaning towards the socialist/syndicalist (workers' union) economic model.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anarcho-syndicalism

Lady of Love
by Gurda Sunday, Mar. 19, 2006 at 3:46 PM

The girl in the green coat has bewitched me body and soul!

It WAS cold!
by Ol'Froth Monday, Mar. 20, 2006 at 5:35 AM

Well, it was cold!

Vandal prevention?
by Ol'Froth Monday, Mar. 20, 2006 at 9:02 AM
frothsloth@comcast.net

That particular recruiting station has been the target of vandals in the past (http://www.post-gazette.com/localnews/20030126anarchist0127p3.asp) which helps explain why so many police were lined up in front of it.

But, everything was peaceful. The march went fine, no one in a position of authority made any move to prevent it from taking place.

Unfortunatly, anarchists have a habit of glomming onto peaceful protests and then trying to start trouble or engage in other lawlessness. I'd rather be prepared and have nothing happen.

.
by . Monday, Mar. 20, 2006 at 10:08 AM

the article you linked to was about damage to a different recruiting station 4 years ago. i don't think that is a reasonable excuse for the 200 police present.

300lb German Shepherd??
by Police K-9 Monday, Mar. 20, 2006 at 5:29 PM

You piece of shit photographer, that 300 lb german shepherd POLICE OFFICER happens to be a very highly trained dog. You don't have the guts to go get a real job. I don't mind you poking fun at officers, but don't ever disrespect the police dogs who don't have a choice.

Too bad you didn't get too close to Officer Yargo who would have loved to use a part of your body for a chew toy!! Maybe next time

...
by ... Monday, Mar. 20, 2006 at 5:40 PM

you cops are a disgrace. you keep complaining about how there aren't enough of you to deal with all the dangerous criminals out there then you send 200 cops to a permitted protest. stop crying, do your jobs, and stop trying to soak the taxpayers.

Ummm..
by Ol'Froth Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2006 at 8:15 AM

They were doing their jobs. As for soaking the taxpayers, come on! The city deployed those officers, they were just going where sent and doing what they were supposed to do. I'd buy the critcism if the police were attempting to block the parade, or stifle free speech, but they didn't do those things, did they?

The parade was a success, and no one made any effort to prevent it from occuring. Complaining about "too many cops" isn't helping.

yep, just doing the job
by ol round eyes Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2006 at 9:36 AM

so let me ask you ol'froth.

what does the city do with the pictures and video it collects at demonstrations?
what kind of spy files is it building on local activists?

see, it's one thing to bring cameras in case trouble goes down, that's called being prepared. it's quite another to engage in a systematic operation to catalogue people in attendance. the former is legitimate police work, the latter has no place in a supposedly democratic society. this was a permitted event where the organizers worked with the police. people doing nothing more than exercising thier rights should be able to go about that without being catalogued for some files. given what I'm hearing from attendees organizers are unlikely to continue working with the due to what occured on the 18th so apparently someone thinks they crossed the line.

were you aware that many of the 14 plainclothes officers engaged in harassing and intimidating behavior, including telling one protester "I'm going to beat you to a bloody pulp"?

officers followed people from the scene as they were trying to dispurse, that's intimidation pure and simple.

the police presence for this event was significantly greater than for past events, if the purpose was merely to prevent trouble the cops could have taken a lower profile and waited in the wings. and yes, individual officer should be held accountable because as they told attendees many of them volunteered for this.

the purpose of police actions on this day was to stifle dissent and create an atmosphere of intimidation, they suceeded. many first time protesters commented to organizers that they wouldn't be coming back because they didn't feel safe (from the police!)

training
by Ol'Froth Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2006 at 12:14 PM

Plain clothes police officers identified themselves? Hard to beleive! That's not normal proceedure. The idea of being plain clothes is to be inconspicous, a pc officer wouldn't ID himself unless he was about to make an arrest. As for video taping, large events are often video taped for various reasons. If there is an incident, you want to capture it in its entierty, not after its begun and you missed the genesis. Videos are also used for training and planning purposes, to help make future events go smoothly, and correct anything that went wrong. And that is the first time I heard about people being followed as they dispersed.

Now were there any <em>federal</em> law enforcement people spying? That's an entirely different question, but remember, you have no right to privacy in public.

Volunteers
by Ol'Froth Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2006 at 12:17 PM

Forgot to add, of <em>course</em> they volunteered. Almost all overtime details are volunteer. You want the time and a half, you accept the overtime detail. You don't want it, you don't have to take it.

Plainclothes?
by watching the detectives Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2006 at 12:41 PM

I'm thankful the quality of undercover work in pgh is pretty bad. I assume they send the same narcotics dt's every time, although, one of the tall skinny ones wasn't seen this time; his cover was blown on COPS. Joe?
This dept. is so corrupt that they moved #1(#9 if you're old) off of federal to brighton, rather than mess with their bribe money.

ol'froth
by pgh A Tuesday, Mar. 21, 2006 at 8:57 PM

Ol'Froth, anarchists "glob" onto anti-war protests? An anarchist group was the group that was supposed to end the march at the recruitment center. How can they "glob" onto their own event?

they love your fighting
by burghdude Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2006 at 12:31 PM

hey anarchists, keep smashing shit. the republicans love it. what's a few hundred or even a few thousand dollars to the feds when it can cause tension and alienation within the movement.

exactly
by old rocker Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2006 at 12:51 PM

exactly, and while we're at it, hey liberals, stop marching because a lot of mainstream anti-war people are put off by that type of in your face activism.

i mean look at how sucessful the democrats have been at ending the war with a strategy based on appealing to everyone and doing nothing.

liberals
by ken Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2006 at 1:17 PM

i agree with the last post's sarcasm. democrats and their allies can all burn in hell. can't rely on people scared of their own damn shadow let alone the opposition. I'm not anarchist but i give props to them cuz they aren't afraid to fight back when things get harsh. just look at the anti-globalization protests. Peacefully walkin around in a circle will do nothing as we have seen. A movement must progress forward with actions and what is needed to save our nation from tyranny and fascism. I know I am just as much a problem cuz i am not doing anything more militant. I hope enough people get to that point soon to start takin the type of action students and activists of all kinds took in the late 60s/early 70s

almost forgot
by ken Wednesday, Mar. 22, 2006 at 1:22 PM

Victory to the student revolution in France, the indigenous activists fighting free trade in Bolivia and Ecuador, and the Nigerian people fighting to end exploitation of their communities by OIL multinationals. Anyone wondering what i mean by really taking action simply can view these movements and see exactly what i think we need to do here at home.

Let's talk more y'all
by Abie Sunday, Mar. 26, 2006 at 9:38 PM

Thanks everyone, this is been slightly horrible to read, but far better than the comment section usually is on Indymedia. Please tune in to me radio show on Tuesday where we will be discussing police and protests, featuring some actual protesters and actual police, as well as other community members.

With The Lid Off airs Tuesday at 6 PM on WRCT 88.3 FM, and is available online at http://wrct.org

p.s. To Police K-9: I actually didn't mean to imply that the human officer in the picture was heavy, for real. I can see how anyone besides me would read it that way though. If you're friends with that guy, tell him I didn't mean to make fun of his weight and I hope he doesn't hit me over the head with a stick. One question, though, is Officer Yargo the man or the dog?

300 lb K-9??
by Police K-9 Monday, Mar. 27, 2006 at 3:23 PM

Both are my friends. It's even worse to make a deragatory comment about the dog!!!! The dog is not 300 pounds obviously, in very good shape and loves to bite people who fail to comply with officer direction!!!!

Lazy handler, lazy dog
by Zone 1 Monday, Mar. 27, 2006 at 3:41 PM

County deputies just protect the wave pool and sleep in their cars. I don't see why the dogs would be any different.

Dogs life
by Sgt. Yargo Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2006 at 11:54 AM

I especially enjoy the 'peanut butter game' with willison's 11 year old daughter.
bow wow wow

lazy handler??
by Police K-9 Thursday, Mar. 30, 2006 at 12:56 AM

Hey "Zone 1" you are a fool and obviously not a LEO. The County Sheriffs DO NOT protect the wave pools, shows how much you know. And as far as the dog goes, that dog has more balls than all of the protesters that protested on March 18 put together.

Do the math
by Dr. Math Thursday, Mar. 30, 2006 at 1:10 AM

That would be roughly 2000 balls according to the latest count...

What's your sign?
by Zone 1 Thursday, Mar. 30, 2006 at 10:15 AM

I'm a working cop, so it's hard to remember which of western PA's 100's of police departments do what.
You guys just give out toy badges and collect campaign money.
No, I'm not a leo, I'm a capricorn, and I'm obviously not your type, as you appear to be one of Rick Santorum's beloved 'man on dog' guys.
There are probably beastiality websites where you can post your love poems to your dog's gonads.

Anachro-Syndicalist
by 2 Beers Friday, Mar. 31, 2006 at 7:09 PM

"an anarcho-syndicalist is an anarchist with a strong leaning toward socialism" WHAT DA F, HUH? I thought anrachist were opposed to an formal government with its rules and restrictions. How can you be a an anarchist and support a form of government with laws rules and designs?

You cats are really one confused bunch. Kind of like the dyslexic agnostic insomniac, lying awake all night wondering if there really is a Dog.

Or is it "Anachro-syndicalist" = an eight legged stock broker.

Or maybe "Anato-syndicalist" = a seller of interests in body parts.

Or maybe "An'at to sin di calist" = a Pittsburgher doing penance in California.

Dumbass
by Stalin Friday, Mar. 31, 2006 at 7:18 PM

"Victory to the student revolution in France, the indigenous activists fighting free trade in Bolivia and Ecuador, and the Nigerian people fighting to end exploitation of their communities by OIL multinationals. Anyone wondering what i mean by really taking action simply can view these movements and see exactly what i think we need to do here at home. "

What kind of jackass are you. This needs to be done here? Why? So you lazy twits living off of the tit of productive society can have a tantrum little hissy fit and break shit? You are always bitching about the wastefulness of a society that you hate, and then you want to go and waste more. Try doing something productive and not destructive.

France is regularly burned adn ravaged by you protest monkeys and you think this is a god thing? What dumbeasses. The French economy is already collapsing under the weight and inefficiency of socialism. And you all want to seal its doom.

These other indigenous protesters that you seak of are enemies of progress. There woudl rather destroy the efforts and opportunity of their own nations and people than work to create a truly productive society.

This is why you all stand at the base of the world's urinal.

nice work, piggie
by big bad wolf Tuesday, Apr. 04, 2006 at 5:08 PM

You still make no sense, you can't spell, but at least you figured out how to turn off the 'caps lock', discarding the internet troll alphabet for the English one.

American Workers Should take a Lesson from the "Sissy" French
by Dave Lindorff Thursday, Apr. 06, 2006 at 12:57 PM
dlindorff@yahoo.com

While young French workers express outrage at a proposed law making them endure three years of probation on a new job, U.S. workers wonder what the term "job security" means. (br>

A column in the April 5 New York Times asks whether perhaps the once widely-hailed "philosophy" of Henry Ford, dubbed Fordism, which argued that paying workers higher wages so they could afford to buy the goods they made, is no longer an appropriate economic operating principle for America.

Putting aside whether Ford ever really believed that idea, or whether fair pay was ever really the practice in America, it seems to me the real question of the moment in the U.S. should be why young people here aren't taking to the streets along with their French counterparts to demand better treatment from employers and the government. A second question might be why the U.S. labor movement isn't out on the street with them.

French young people are angry that they face 20 percent employment, and they're angry that the government's "solution" to this crisis is a law that would allow employers to fire them "without cause" any time within three years of their being hired.

Young Americans face similar jobless rates, but forget three years' probation; they can be fired any time throughout their careers without their employer having to give a reason. Heck, they can be fired for having the wrong bumper sticker on their car in the company parking lot. The only people who cannot be fired casually like that in America are the 9 percent who still have a union, and even then, it's getting increasingly easy for the boss to give workers the sack.

Why the militancy in France, and the lack of it here in America?

We Americans like to think we're tough. And lately, we've taken to characterizing the French as sissies. But when it comes to gumption, young French people have shown us up. They're not taking this abuse. They may not drive around with "Fear This” stickers on their SUV windows, with gangsta rap blaring, but they're bringing the French economy to a halt by sitting on rail lines, blocking trains, by blocking major traffic arteries, by closing down the centers of major cities.

American workers, in contrast, are bemoaning their declining wages, watching quiescently as companies declare fake "bankruptcies" in order to void long-standing pension obligations and union contracts that leave them facing old ages of penury, and signing up for "retraining" programs so they can go from $25/hour automotive jobs into $6/hour burger saleswork--if they can even find them.

Americans are voting into office political hacks who then endorse trade agreements that subsidize the export of jobs to low-wage, anti-union countries like China, India and Indonesia, who gut worker rights here at home, and who in myriad ways act to empower and enrich the rich and the corporations while disempowering and impoverishing working people.

France remains one country where lifestyle and culture are valued. French people still insist on taking time to enjoy life, on having vacations when they are most enjoyable (summer), on receiving a fair wage, and on having some security in one’s job and health. Here in the U.S., we Americans are working longer and harder every year even as our standard of living falls, no one is secure in her job, health benefits are being gutted and our hope of retirement security is being undermined by political charlatans and an administration that is bankrupting the country with outlandishly expensive imperial wars.

The youth of France are standing up and fighting against the effort by a conservative government to Americanize their economy. Good for them!

When will we Americans wake up, take to the streets, and demand that our economy be humanized?

For other stories by Lindorff, please go (at no charge) to This Can't Be Happening! .

To find out more about the new book, The Case for Impeachment, click here.

300 lb dog
by Officer Dahn Monday, Jul. 24, 2006 at 5:24 PM

300 lb dog...
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"Sgt." Yargo isn't 300 lbs, Willison is 4 1/2 feet tall by 4 1/2 feet wide, so it just seems that way.

The enclosed picture is of the uniformed, paid terrorists at the Allegheny Co. Sherriff's department, after the Super Bowl. Not smart folks.

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