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Etch A Sketch Image Won't Disappear Soon: Message Delivered to Republicans at Romney Event
Protest at a Mitt Romney fundraising event caused a lot of commotion for people trying to gain entrance to the Sofitel Hotel in Redwood City, California on Monday. Some paid as much as $25,000 to attend, only to arrive at the hotel to find out the entrance was blocked by marching demonstrators; even activists from Occupy Oakland joined the rallying crowd. A giant Etch A Sketch with rotating messages was displayed in front of the hotel.
Protest at a Mitt Romney fundraising event caused a lot of commotion for people trying to attend a dinner in Redwood City, California on Monday. Some paid as much as $25,000 to attend, only to arrive at the Hotel Sofitel to find the entrance blocked by marching demonstrators. A giant Etch-A-Skit with rotating messages was displayed in front of the hotel.
Union workers and labor representatives, Occupy Redwood City protesters, Raging Grannies and street theater "Billionaires for Wealthcare" were among the group of about 200 demonstrators. Most dinner attendees were blocked by marchers from entering the front entrance. Many others faced taunts from the faux billionaires in fake furs and pearls; some Occupy activists shouted, "Dinner is over, go home!" Police had to reroute the Romney supporters while attempting to keep the protesters from blocking the entrance at the same time.
Top Photo: Steve Rhodes under Creative Commons License (flickr.com)
Police try to control the scene
"Billionaires for Wealthcare" holding an Etch A Sketch and a bottle of champagne, taunted the Republicans who tried to drive through the blocked entrance.
photo by Steve Rhodes under Creative Commons License on flickr.com
It didn't take this demonstrator long to realize that "Billionaires for Wealthcare" were also there to fight the right wing. "It's so hard to find good help these days," he said, encouraging the billionaires with clever lines.
...so don't hurt their feelings! Another mocking sentiment.
Greeting a faux billionaire with cigar
Occupy Redwood City member poses as a CPA from nearby Seiler LLP .... Located in Redwood City where the demo was held, Seiler LLP is a firm through which Romney has been getting super-PAC money