March 20, 2003

Protest shuts down traffic in Financial District of San Francisco, the day after we began bombing Iraq. Photos were taken with a Nikon Coolpix 4300.

I put this page up because I'm proud to live in a country where people care enough to protest, and have the freedom to speak their minds.


Market Street at Sansome

First off, I gotta say for such an emotionally charged event, I was amazed at the restraint and mutual good will practiced by all parties.

The only real exceptions were a few very angry corporate-types who raged against being inconvenienced by these protests. For example, I saw a small group of protesters nearly get run down by an angry yuppie in an SUV.

Sutter & Montgomery.

A nice strategy for shutting down intersections: Newspaper vending machines. The people who were doing this were mostly on bikes working hit-and-run fashion.

Sutter & Montgomery.

As you can see, there were a large number of commuters who were just going to work as if it was any other day.

Most of them seemed dazed and cautious. I couldn't tell you, however, how many were walking around with smiles.

Pine at Montgomery

Police breaking up and dragging away a human chain.

Intersections not filled with newspaper boxes were filled with people.

Pine at Montgomery

Market at Sansome again.

Anti-war slogans written on the sidewalk. This one critisizing W.

Market at Battery

Pallbearers bearing a casket containing Peace and Truth.
These folks were among those who had to scramble out of the way of the speeding SUV to avoid getting hit, and were my favorites of the morning. They had a maching band going, and this one lady dancing in the middle of the street in front of all the cars that were blocked there. She was keeping it properly jiggy.

Market at Battery

Same group. Commuters. Blocked traffic. Nice composition.

Market at Front

Police moving towards protesters who had moved to the intersection of Market and Battery. Most of the groups of protesters moved from intersection to intersection as the police followed.

Fremont around Mission

A human chain blocking the entrance of the San Francisco offices of Bechtel Corporation. You'll have to do your own research to find the dirt. They made the short list.

Fremont around Mission

Bechtel Corporation again.

Fremont at Howard

Blocking another intesection. The protesters had been there around 20 minutes, and in this photo, are headed down Howard to the next one. Blocking highway access.

Thats it.

All photos copyright, 2003 Dave Benz

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