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Gunning for a Battle

Marc Fisher reports:

At 15th St. and New York Ave. a band of plaid-wearing demonstrators, most of them with bandanas over their faces, held an impromptu meeting to plan their confrontation with D.C. police.

"Is it OK with you guys if I go over to the cops and tell them we're going to cross the street?" one demonstrator asked his collegues.

Winning their assent, the young man approached a D.C. officer and said, "Are you guys going to slam and beat us if we cross the street?"

"Why don't you just cross with the light, then we don't have to bring in officers to block traffic," said Officer S. Weinfeld.

The demonstrator, foiled in his hope for a confrontation, said "Umm...ok," returned to his friends and walked them uneventfully across 15th St.

The antiwar crowd has grown considerably over the past two hours, but still fits easily into the small space of Lafayette Park.

By Aruna Jain |  September 15, 2007; 1:18 PM ET
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Here the frame Aruna Jain is "antiwar protesters are childish and not serious"...

Posted by: Steve | September 15, 2007 1:23 PM

Aruna, are there any protesters you might report on whom one might take seriously, or is your purpose to just show us that all protesters are silly?

Posted by: Steve | September 15, 2007 1:25 PM

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