Queers, Anarchists protest “Corporate pride”
Friday,June 12 was the second scheduled Free Speech march demanding an end to the recent wave of police dispersals(by force) of unpermitted street marches. This being Pride weekend, queer liberation was the chosen theme, with a focus on targetting “corporate Pride”
Video via Youtube:
The march began at P st Beach, the traditional gay woods,stepping off a little after midnight and taking P st heading towards Dupont Circle.
One chant was “Corporate Pride makes me sick.”
When marchers passed the offices of the HRC or Human Rights Campaign, a major “mainstreaming” gay lobby, the chants changed to “That’s bullshit, get off it ,the HRC’s for profit, AIDS and oppression, will not be solved by gay Marriage, followed by calls for “Gay Divorce!”
Finally, marchers went to the 18th st bar area in Adams-Morgan,chanting “out of the bars, into the streets.”
There were NO police attempts to disperse this march of about 35 people, perhaps because that would have been serious bad Karma for Pride weekend, which has barely begun.
BACKGROUND ON THE FREE SPEECH MARCHES:
A number of recent antiwar and antiglobalization protests in recent months have been met by cops using nightsticks, pepper spray,motorcycles, and “fake mass arrests” to drive protesters from the streets.
This happened to the SDS antiwar protest on March 19.
It happened to two IMF protests on April 25:
Here is a Youtube video
of mass pepper spraying and brutality at the first march, and repeated fake mass arrests at the later Georgetown/IMF protest that night. Some activists reported being detained as many as five times that weekend!
Even the May 1 free speech march called to protest the police abuses during the IMF protests was attacked. That march was met with a “fake mass arrest” detention mode of “dispersal.” This tactic is to stop a group by force, detain everyone, let people think they will all be arrested-and then let people go one at a time, hoping fear will drive them away.
This time, police limited themselves to escorting marchers from behind, quite a contrast to the IMF protest with so much police brutality it has become known as “Bunches of Punches!”