Saturday, July 15, 2017

A little political theatre to-day, noon...

Well, the local newscast yesterday were all talking about all the things happening downtown this weekend. No one mentioned that there are national protests against Trump and his fascist regime, including one in Cleveland, the place he was officially announced as the Republican candidate. One station did have a story about that convention, figures should have been released on its economic impact on the city. It has not.
In the top left of the foto, supra, is a street sign reading: E. 9th Street/Rock & Roll Blvd. The building in the background is Cleveland City Hall. In the middleground is Claes Oldenburg's Free Stamp sculpture. In the center foreground is the event's main banner with their message, The Trump/Pence Regime Must Go! In The Name of Humanity, We REFUSE to Accept a Fascist America. Locally, the event was sponsored by Cuyahoga County Progressive Caucus. In the left foreground is retired US Army Captain Lou Pumphrey, Viet Nam service. He used to work at the Universe Bulletin. He believes in peace, and often comes to parades and such events. Captain Lou is of very calm demeanor, and is not fond of bullhorn speeches. Across the street, to the left, is a 30+ storey Federal Building with a view of the whole spectacle.
Cleveland Police had bicyclists across the street to the northeast, and police alongside City Hall and elsewhere. I only stayed a few minutes, and they had very little to do.
Foto supra, there are two people left of center are observer lawyers, they have small back packs and have a piece of clothing in high visibility yellow-green. Out of the picture, beyond left are people watching with disapproval of the event in front of them.

What is Fascism? sign
Anti-demonstration observers, pro-fascist, pro-Trump/Pence regime supporters armed on the sidewalk in front of the Free Stamp. Pony tail guy gave me several looks of annoyance/displeasure/suspicion. Woman is wearing one of those bolshevik red MAGArac caps.
 In some countries, this would look quite menacing.


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