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January 21, 2005.
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Police Use Tear Gas at Bush InaugurationAnti-Bush demonstrators waving signs that said "Worst President Ever" and "the American Nightmare" jeered the president's motorcade during the inaugural parade Thursday.
The procession of cars sped up as President Bush neared the designated location for protesters on Pennsylvania Avenue. Two rows of police lined the street in front of the main protest site. Officers stationed atop buildings along the route kept close watch on the crowd.
Boos rained down from the crowd and some demonstrators shouted, "No justice, no peace." In some places in the protest U.S. soldiers in dress uniforms and blue coats were greeted with chants of "no more wars." Some rallying against the war carried coffin-like cardboard boxes to signify the deaths of U.S. troops in Iraq. Some of their chants could be heard as Bush neared the end of his inaugural address. The president continued speaking without interruption and there was no sign that he heard them.
On Capitol Hill, some protesters were briefly detained by police and released after Bush finished speaking, said Andrea Buffa, spokeswoman for CodePink: Women for Peace, one of the protest groups.
Michael Lauer, a Capitol Police spokesman, said police made five arrests during Bush's address. District of Columbia police said they had to use pepper spray to break up a "push and shoving match" between officers and protesters near the start of the parade. A police spokesman said at least one officer was slightly injured.
Police and witnesses said a security checkpoint near the White House was briefly shut down after being blocked by protesters. Witnesses said the protesters started pulling down flags and inaugural banners from lampposts, and said police used pepper spray on some protesters.
Julie Katz, 39, of Farbury, Neb., watched from a sidewalk as a ring of police in riot gear kept protesters a few dozen yards from the checkpoint.
"This is what makes America great. It's a little disrespectful, but it's their right to protest," said Katz, who volunteered for Bush's 2004 campaign.
First Lt. Bill Steinbach of the Virginia Army National Guard, which was assigned to help guard one of the checkpoints, said: "It's been pretty good overall, generally peaceful. Everyone has been able to express their First Amendment rights."
While President Bush was watching the parade from his reviewing stand in front of the White House, a group of anti-war protesters a block away unfurled a banner reading, "George Bush (news - web sites): Your wars shame U.S." Eight protesters lay down in the street pretending to be dead, with flowers strewn over their bodies.
The demonstration attracted the attention of Bush supporters who were leaving the VIP viewing stands and the two groups engaged in a series of taunts, all under the watchful eye of six U.S. Park Police mounted on horses.
"Aren't you guys cold?" one of the Bush supporters asked the prone demonstrators.
More Pictures from D.C. Protests
January 20, 2005.
Day of Mourning in America
Counter-Inaugural Demonstration Jan. 20, 2005, 6 pm Westwood Federal BuildingOn the first day Bush takes the oath of office--Thurs, Jan 20--thousands of people will demonstrate across the U.S. demanding "End the occupation of Iraq--Bring the troops home now!" The world will hear these demands loud and clear. In Los Angeles, join us at the Westwood Federal Building for a rally at 6m with speakers like Ron Kovic plus live bands and hip-hop artists, followed by a march through Westwood at 8 pm. More.
Excerpt am sharing a bench with some protesters, one of whom has a sign reading 'Bush lied, thousands died.'. A couple of W folk walked by, and one angrily demanded what Bush lied about.
"Remember the 2003 state of the union speech?" I asked.
"What about it?" was the angry reply.
"Well, in that speech, Bush said there was 26,000 liters of anthrax, 38,000 liters of botulinum toxin, 500 tons of sarin, mustard and VX gas, 30,000 munitions to deliver the stuff, mobile biological weapons labs and uranium from Niger to make nuclear bombs. The White House still has a page on its website that claims this us still true, but last week they cancelled the WMD search without finding any of it. That was a pretty big lie."
"That was the Democrats who lied about that!" before a dramatic storm-off.
These people are miracles of nature.
Check out this video, on the 14 defining points of Fascism. Guess which country is practicing all 14 of them.
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