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Sacramento WTO-Agribiz Protests- June 2003

Photos by Luke Hauser, 2003 by RQ

Several thousand people marched through the streets of Sacramento on Monday afternoon in opposition to the meeting of government ministers and corporate reps from 180 nations to pave the way for "free trade," privatization of water, and factory farming.

Members of the Pagan Cluster joined the march, then did an Earth People ritual and action later in the afternoon of Monday, June 23.

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The march danced and chanted its way toward the downtown shopping mall...

...where they were met by a contingent of police.

Earth People danced around the police, but were prevented from entering the mall. Eventually police forced the march onto a side street.

As the crowd turned the corner, dozens of armed riot police materialized. A loudpseaker blared a warning that "sublethal force" including stun-guns and projectile rifles would be used on any protesters who did not disperse. But the cordon of police refused to let anyone leave the march.

While legal liaisons negotiated with the police, the Earth People huddled at the corner, surrounded by the larger crowd. Police eventually ordered the crowd to march north. Squads of riot police lined the route, threatening anyone who strayed from the route. Finally, near the Protest Convergence Center, police backed off. The Earth People and supporters circled up and did a spiral dance before opening sacred space and ending the ritual.

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Luke Hauser is a freelance parajournalist in the service of the Goddess and planetary revolution. His photo-filled book Direct Action is an historical novel about Bay Area protests.
Photos 2003 by RQ. Please do not copy, reproduce, fold, spindle, mutilate, or otherwise use them without written permission. Thanks!

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