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Protest and March for Oaxaca at the Mexican Consulate in San Francisco, 11/20/06
by dave id
Monday Nov 20th, 2006 10:39 PM
Following a call put out by the Zapatistas for a nationwide general strike in Mexico on Monday, November 20th in solidarity with the people of Oaxaca, actions were also planned around the world. In San Francisco a convergence of protesters began to grow at the Mexican Consulate at 4pm, before a critical mass ride and march during rush hour on the surrounding streets. The event called attention to the struggle in Oaxaca despite the current corporate news blackout of the story.
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Protesta y marzo en el Consulado General De Mexico en San Francisco para la gente de Oaxaca, Mexico.
§Convención Nacional Democrática
by dave id Monday Nov 20th, 2006 10:39 PM
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This sign was placed directly in front of and facing the main entrance to the Consulate building.
§The puppets arrived...
by dave id Monday Nov 20th, 2006 10:39 PM
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§...the band got going...
by dave id Monday Nov 20th, 2006 10:39 PM
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§...the body bags arrived...
by dave id Monday Nov 20th, 2006 10:39 PM
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§"Free" Trade Octopus
by dave id Monday Nov 20th, 2006 10:39 PM
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§Stark message for a largely complacent America.
by dave id Monday Nov 20th, 2006 10:39 PM
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Police had blocked Folsom entirely to vehicular traffic about a block up from the Consulate at Second Street after the first foray into rush hour traffic.
§Heading up First Street toward the freeway.
by dave id Monday Nov 20th, 2006 10:39 PM
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No one, not protesters nor commuters, would be getting on the freeway at First and Harrison.
§Taking Harrison Street.
by dave id Monday Nov 20th, 2006 10:39 PM
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§Passing the next freeway entrance at Essex and Harrison.
by dave id Monday Nov 20th, 2006 10:39 PM
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Police made a super-mad dash from the first on-ramp to the second to block it from both protesters and commuters. They even drove backwards the wrong way down Harrison at a very rapid clip to be sure to get there before the marchers did. But the marchers simply made a right and turned back towards Folsom.
§Ready for mass arrests.
by dave id Monday Nov 20th, 2006 10:39 PM
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In all, after the second round of street marching got going, the number of cops easily quadrupled. By the time the march descended down Second Street and back up Folsom to the Consulate again, there were at least 35 officers on duty, 15 patrol cars including at least 3 SUVs and a paddywagon, and four motorcycle cops to corral the demonstrators and keep at least some traffic flowing on Folsom.
§One of the speakers being interviewed by Univision.
by dave id Monday Nov 20th, 2006 10:39 PM
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The spanish-language station was the only corporate news to show up.
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This was the intersection police had earlier blocked entirely, now open but all lanes had to squeeze down to one or two.
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§Body bags, blood, and a u-locked entrance to the Consulate.
by dave id Monday Nov 20th, 2006 10:39 PM
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Solidarity with the fighting people of Oaxaca and Atenco!
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