By the time I got to the General Assembly rally tonight, the crowd was pretty small–the time of day (after dark) and the rain probably had something to do with it. The F, 6, and 4 trains were skipping stops all over downtown and the East Village/Lower East Side, which is a huge pain in the ass as well. I got down there via train, but then couldn’t take the train back uptown. I had to hoof it about two miles home. It was okay; I was wearing good shoes.
I took photos–not very good ones, because it was night outside. Also, after thinking about it, I decided against posting pictures of the crowd where faces are visible. I took photos without peoples’ consent. I also recall when police intelligence forces would analyze crowd photos to identify individuals. Not that I think cops are reading this blog (I can be paranoid, but I am not grandiose, thank you).
|“Trains? Tonight? What made you think that we would be running trains tonight, other than the complete lack of signs informing you and every else that service was in any way interrupted?”|
|You and me both, buddy.|
On one side of the park was a sort of sign mosaic. I hate puppets, music, and theater, but I think that signs are important in the media age. Anyway, here are a few (the rain ruined a lot of them):
|My personal favorite. Here’s to you, Banksy. I hate some of these assholes so much it makes my hair bleed (the banks, not the signs). They are evil, evil institutions.|
|More signs. I like the “all I got was this lousy summons!” one. No idea what that one is on the left.|
|Does WikiLeaks have official “units” like this? For real?|
I’d estimate the crowd at about 500 people–that’s the protesters, not the police and media.
|“Hello! I’m the most awesome parrot ever! Come to the protest tomorrow!”|