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Sunday, October 18, 2009

San Francisco Anti-War March Smaller Than Expected


[Oct. 18 update: a Libertarian posted on LPSF-discuss: "I attended a portion of Saturday’s protest and agree with Cindy Sheehan’s assessment that the turnout was low".] Excerpts below from an article today by Erin Allday in the San Francisco Chronicle

In San Francisco, the anti-war demonstration did not draw as many marchers as participants had hoped for. "It should be 10-fold," said Jennifer Teguia, a 32-year-old Fremont teacher who was marching with women from the anti-war group Code Pink. [...] "I feel like when we elected Obama we voted for peace, and instead we're getting war," said Margot Larsen, 58, of Concord.

The protest started and ended with a rally at the United Nations Plaza, and at noon as many as 1,000 people marched down Market Street. By 2 p.m., the crowd had dwindled to just a few dozen at the United Nations Plaza when peace activist Daniel Ellsberg, the former military analyst who released the Pentagon Papers during the Vietnam War, took his turn at the microphone.

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