Anti-War Protest/March

by Ed Lau on February 16, 2010

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Amidst all the celebrations surrounding the Olympics around town these last few days, there have been several groups taking the opportunity to bring attention to their respective causes. After the violence and vandalism that erupted downtown on Saturday, it was difficult to take any of this seriously. When I got word that there would be an anti-war march happening last night, I thought it might be more of the same although it would be rather ironic if folks preaching about peace were the ones throwing things through windows.

However, none of that happened and it was a rather peaceful event. In fact, it was many of the bystanders being jerks with one old man in particular shouting (repeatedly) something about berqa. I am still rather pro-Olympics as I think sport and competition is awesome but I can respect a peaceful demonstration with something to say.

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That being said, it seems that the protesters were rather disorganized, in my opinion. Several people I talked to had different messages than that being shouted on the megaphone. Heck, one of the guys on the megaphone was all over the place and didn’t really make any sense, confusing the crowd so much that they weren’t really cheering for him after awhile. A few others seemed to just be there and not taking it all that seriously.

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There were a couple people that were rather rude and another seemingly trying to rile the protesters up to make some trouble but they were in the minority. This grey haired guy on the left was quite angry that all this was taking place and rushed up the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery wanting to take the megaphone, which resulted in Confusing Guy shouting expletives at him.

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Most of them were friendly, including this adorable dog. How can you say no to cute pooch like this?

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I followed from the start to the finish, which was at a makeshift tent shelter set up at a vacant lot near the Woodwards building. The area was populated with much of the Downtown Eastside’s homeless, surrounding flaming barrels with improvised chairs.

More pictures on my Flickr as I edit.

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Ivan hoe February 19, 2010 at 1:16 pm

waw, surprise post dude, i agree with this post about anti war protest, because i think only can make suffered, and many victims, i hate the war, stop war…….

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