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News Last Updated: Oct 18th, 2006 - 15:13:11


World Can’t Wait Protest Draws Hundreds
By Glenn Smith
Oct 18, 2006, 15:11

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Hundreds crowded the Seattle streets on October 5 in a protest of the Bush administration, organized by World Can’t Wait.
“Join us, join us! The world can’t wait! Drive out the Bush regime!” were the chants as the crowd moved from the University of Washington’s Red Square to Cal Anderson Park.
An assembled crowd at Cal Anderson Park applauded as the parade arrived. Not long after the protesters’ arrival, the Seattle Police Department began controlling the crowd. The ultimate destination was the Federal Building. The crowd reached downtown around 3:30 p.m.
“With bold and audacious ads, we have become known,” Maggie Lawless, a World Can’t Wait organizer, said to the crowd. ��Our presence is giving hope to those paralyzed by a sense of furious impotence, and we have released a pent-up passion to now wrest the mantle of legitimacy from this illegitimate regime. We are not stopping until this Bush regime has been driven from power," Lawless said.
Margo Heights, a volunteer and speaker with the organization, said that events were happening in “multiple locations across the state and in lots of so-called Red States that went to Bush in the 2004 elections. November 2 was a launching demonstration we had last year,” Heights said. “We also protested outside of media outlets during the State of the Union Address in Seattle, by Fisher Plaza.” About 2,500 people attended those rallies.
Once gathered at the Federal Building, the crowd steadily thinned.
“War is peace, peace is war. Does anybody know the truth?” sang four women calling themselves the “Raging Grannies.” Channeling George Orwell’s novel “1984,” the Grannies set up outside the Federal Building.
Some protestors wore elaborate costumes, including caricatures of George Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld, and one protestor dressed as a detainee. Two others were dressed as the characters from the famous picture leaked out of Guantanamo Bay prison, depicting a woman with a cigarette hanging out of her mouth pointing at a chained man on the ground.
Several conflicts between police and protestors were reported. One protestor, with a bandanna tied around her face, said that two officers on bikes took an anarchist flag from the ground. The group followed the officer to the East side of the park, near Denny Way, where a scuffle broke out between the police and the protestors.
Seattle Central student Christina Tanner had her arm pushed against a tree by a police officer who was using a bicycle to push the crowd, resulting in bruises and scrapes running the length of her left forearm. She was taken to Swedish Medical Center, and determined to have suffered no bone or ligament fractures.
Two Olympia residents and one Gig Harbor resident were arrested at Cal Anderson Park for obstructing and resisting arrest, and one for investigation of assault.
Jerit, a speaker/protestor, said that he was there “exposing the lies of the 9/11 Commission Report, that it was a false-flag operation. I think we can all unite [on the fact] that our own government killing 3,000 of us is worth standing up and saying, ‘No more,’ [to]. Hand-in-hand with that is repealing the Federal Reserve Act of 1913.”
Fourteen students from Woodinville High School walked out of school to attend, as did at least four students from Woodway High School. None of them had regrets about missing classes, and said that some teachers had encouraged the walkout. Three sophomores from the University of Puget Sound also walked out.
“I think it's time people protest the Bush administration,” said Andy, a sophomore engineering student at UW. “The war is wrong. It's been going on for too long. Too many innocent people have died. 9/11 is not an excuse to kill more people. We can't represent peace through death.”
Skylar Hansen, a Seattle Central student who is not politically active, said, "This is a new experience for a small-town girl.” On the Bush administration, she said there were both good and bad points; and also that, "It's a screwed up time right now."

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