John Kerry appearance at AU draws Keystone pipeline protest

On the 21st of November, Secretary of State John Kerry appeared at American University for an event with a delegation from China. Outside were protesters demanding he refuse to grant the permit for the Keystone XL tar sands pipeline to cross the US-Canadian border.

Video of the AU KXL protest

Between the intended motorcade route and the SIS building, where cops did NOT want protesters

Between the intended motorcade route and the SIS building, where cops did NOT want protesters

In front of the SIS building while Kerry and the Chinese delegation are inside (maybe discussing prices for exported tar sands oil?)

In front of the SIS building while Kerry and the Chinese delegation are inside (maybe discussing prices for exported tar sands oil?)

BUSTED-The undercover in the hat pulled low and plastic earpiece assaulted a student photographer.

BUSTED-The undercover in the hat pulled low and plastic earpiece assaulted a student photographer.

There were some tense interactions between police and protesters on more than one occasion. American University’s cops were made part of MPD after a large protest some years back, according to one of the students who was at the protest. Most but not all of the protesters were AU students.

The cops were particularly insistant in a failed attempt to prevent protesters from lining up between the street and the SIS building, near what was probably the original route for Kerry’s motorcade. Protesters responded by taking the strip of grass between the sidewalk and the street, so as to be off University property and out of range of campus regulations. When protesters refused to move away as far as the second lamp post,a motorcade was diverted to enter the campus by another route. Uncertain whether that was Kerry’s motorcade or the Chinese delegations, but the vehicles appeared to match the ones used in John Kerry’s motorcade when he left.

There was one ugly incident where an obvious undercover cop with a visible plastic earpiece tube assaulted a student photographer. If he is campus security, then campus security assaulted a student. If he is not, then an off-campu

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