Sunday, August 29, 2004

Massive anti-Bush rally in New York -

Massive anti-Bush rally in New York - "NEW YORK , New York, United States of America -- More than 100,000 protesters marched through the streets of New York City on Sunday to vent their anger at President George W. Bush on the eve of his Republican party's four-day national convention.
From war veterans to celebrities, and tiny tots to ageing hippies, the crowd braved punishing summer heat to unite in a noisy and passionate call to oust Bush from the White House when voters go to the polls on November 2.

Anti-Bush filmmaker Michael Moore, "Lethal Weapon" star Danny Glover and veteran civil rights activist Jesse Jackson led the first wave of the march, which appeared to go off without serious incident.

"The majority of the country never voted for the Bush administration and it's time to have our country back," Moore said.

Amid fears of a new terrorist strike here, security was ultra-tight for the convention, with some 10,000 local policemen deployed, as well as state and federal officers. Four police helicopters buzzed overhead during the march.

Police reported making 116 arrests on Sunday but gave no details beyond saying that most were for minor offenses.

"Nothing very heavy," a spokesman said.

Although political feeling was high, the march often had the feeling of a street party or 1960s-vintage demonstration.

Many people banged drums or danced."

Agence France-Presse


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