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ADDITIONAL NOTES:

Bryant Park: protesters were to gather and march to Madison Square Garden in protest of the republican national convention, but on arrival, people were already getting arrested. screams and scrambling escalated as people tried to avoid being corralled by orange netting. they were then handcuffed, put into a bus, and taken to be detained. eavesdropping revealed that there were too many people on the sidewalk. (related: fellow photoblogger satan's laundromat was arrested earlier this week.)

police were everywhere: in front of the new york public library, blockading most of bryant park, they were escorting RNC delegates through crowds and designating streets solely for delegate shuttles to MSG. police were in low-flying helicopters and on surrounding rooftops. in front of Macy's in Herald Square (last 3 photos above), where Chris Matthews' MSNBC show Hardball was on-air, mounted police lined up horses between the show and the demonstrators' view. they also slowly cordoned off the sidewalks to block-in onlookers and protesters alike (including two photobloggers who got a tip from a guy in green-hat that they would be detaining us all within minutes.)

a subcultural side-effects of all this, two groups were in action to watchdog police tactics and protect demonstrators all night: both NYCLU monitors and National Lawyers Guild Legal Observers were out on the streets in blue and green hats. the NYCLU monitors were taping the police formations, tactics, and interactions with citizens. the National Lawyers Guild Legal Observers were more hands on, shouting to the arrested to get names and numbers, video taping their faces for reference and offering the advice to remain silent in police custody. both of these guardian groups were everywhere, too. more about the LOs and NYCLU monitors here: Lawyers Helping Protesters Learn Rights (abcnews.com), and here at monkey.org/~ethan/, a volunteer.

additional photoblogger street coverage at gothamist's link round-up: photoblogger infiltration (day 2) and photoblogger anarchy! (day 3).

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Tuesday 31 August 2004

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02 September 04 @ 01:22
awesome series. it's getting kinda crazy out there. i started getting those looks from police officers on the street just for carrying my camera around.
02 September 04 @ 09:19
great photos - it always seems like "right time, right place" when i'm going through your blog. i've been reading here for some time but never wrote ... but i've developed a kind of allergy against the bush government, so today i do, just to say that i don't really know what to think about all those happenings. there might be a reason for all those people to protest, right? ok, it's not the government's job to question their own politics. the other question for me is if things get better with kerry, but at the moment every alternative seems to be better than bush ...
02 September 04 @ 11:18
02 September 04 @ 12:05
nice! i think i got a photo of the cameras that were taking those. they were on a really tall tripod:

this image is from the march on sunday...

02 September 04 @ 13:10
Some great images of the protests. I have reached a point of where even the mention of the bush government is mentally wearying, I just don't understand it anymore. I don't live in the states but I admire those with the energy to speak out. I also admire these watch groups that are monitoring the police actions, a great service.
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One of the first photobloggers in New York City, Rion has been documenting her photos online in narrative sets since late 2000. (Most are on this site.)

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