Skip to comments.New York ready to unleash fury on Republicans
Posted on 08/15/2004 1:01:25 AM PDT by LibWhacker
Sit-down protests and traditional dances as Democrats use every weapon to beat Bush
The smiling face of former New York mayor Ed Koch beams down from posters all over the city. 'The Republicans are coming,' it says underneath. 'Make nice.'
Fat chance. New York is bracing for one of the biggest showdowns in its political history as the Republican national convention comes to town at the end of the month. Meeting the army of delegates, politicians and lobbyists will be a vast array of protest groups that intend to make the Republicans' Big Apple stay as unpleasant as possible. Trying to keep order on the streets will be 20,000 police, secret servicemen and National Guard units. A quiet week seems out of the question.
Jamie Moran certainly hopes so. He is one of the main driving forces behind the protest movement which has sprung up since the Republicans announced they would gather in New York. He and others have been collecting information on all aspects of the convention.
They run a 'snitch line' where people involved in the convention can leak details of events and where delegates have been staying. The protesters are widely believed to have infiltrated several people into working at the convention who will smuggle information out. Moran's plan is to send out teams of activists to disrupt as many events as possible.
'It's all coming along well,' he told The Observer at a meeting of protest groups in a city church. Moran, 30, son of a local cop, has become a minor media star in New York, but he is far from alone in plotting to make the city a place the Republican party will be reluctant to return to. In all, more than 250,000 protesters from all over the US and the rest of the world are expected to converge on the city during the four-day event.
Maps of where Republican events are being held have been distributed. They contain details of where delegates are staying, lobbyists' parties are being held and major corporate headquarters are located. Streets will be shut down, impromptu marches held, meetings disrupted and parties invaded.
Sit-down demonstrations will block traffic, protesters will chain themselves together and delegates' hotels will be infiltrated. There will be organised protests and marches, with City Hall permits, that are expected to attract hundreds of thousands of demonstrators.
John Flanigan and Tim Doody are two other protest co-ordinators aiming to make 31 August a day of direct action. They said they would shun the idea of applying for any form of permit.
'We already have a permit. It is called the American constitution. The idea that I have to ask for permission to protest my own government is ridiculous,' Flanigan said.
Sitting on the steps of St Mark's church in the East Village, the pair typified the anger felt by protesters that the Republicans are holding their convention in a city that prides itself on its liberalism. 'This has really shaken everyone out of their complacency. People are outraged,' said Doody.
Polls support that reaction. A recent survey showed that 83 per cent of New Yorkers did not want the convention in their city. 'We all live here,' said Angela Coppola, an office worker who has joined the protest groups. 'We were the victims of 11 September and now they are coming to terrorise us with their asinine convention.'
New York was chosen by the Republicans with an eye on associating the party with the terror attacks of 2001. But now it runs the risk of having the media coverage turn into pictures of street battles and mass arrests. However, that may not necessarily upset Republican strategists. TV footage of besieged delegates inside Madison Square Garden may boost George Bush's poll ratings in key, socially conservative Midwest states.
New York police are preparing for the worst. Manhattan's District Attorney's office has said that it expects 1,000 arrests a day during the convention, three times the normal rate. Police will have 'non-lethal' weapons such as tasers (electric stun guns), plastic bullets and pepper spray. Any illegal protest is expected to be cracked down on immediately.
At a press briefing last week, mayor Mike Bloomberg was firm about the police attitude to protesters without permits: 'If you disrupt traffic, if you behave in a way that is against the law, the NYPD will enforce the law. Period.'
Huge preparations have been made to combat the threat of terrorism. New York, along with Washington and Newark, New Jersey, is likely to still be on a heightened state of terrorist alert. Checkpoints will be set up around the convention centre, helicopter flights over the city will be banned and New York-bound trains will be searched by anti-bomb units using sniffer dogs.
The convention itself, featuring speakers such as Senator John McCain and Arnold Schwarzenegger, governor of California, will culminate in the prime-time acceptance speech of Bush himself. But by then it is possible that events on the streets will be all anyone is talking about.
The Guardian is Britain's premier left wing paper.
Guardian, son of Pravda, has never found an anti american story they did not like. Kerry and the rest of the dems are so anti american they are the darlings of the european communist media. But, guess what? YOU CAN'T FIX STUPID!
I think so too. Because no matter where the convention was held, they would be out in droves to protest Bush.
I realize that he was eventually driven out of the Democratic Party by the socialist hacks that run things over there, but while he was mayor of Philly he definitely exemplified what was best about the Dems.
In contrast, Mayors Goode, Rendell and the thoroughly corrupt John Street have brought nothing but shame and dishonor to the people of that great city.
And train like crazy. If you can , handload. It's cheaper(most of the time) than bulk and you can inspect/weigh rounds as you produce them. I only production ammo I buy are shotgun shells.
I can see the sign now "drag queens for kerry"
That'll play real big in Pittsburgh, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, etc.
And the beauty is these idiots will display all the tastelessness and juvenalia we've come to expect from the infantile self-deluded left. On display for all to see.
"Don't throw me in that briar patch br'r fox, oh please don't throw me in them nasty briars"
American voters will hate these people!
People will note how these anti-Americans did NOT disrupt Kerry's convention.
Americans will resent these idiots going after our Commander In Chief while we are at war.
And New Yorkers who have their lives disrupted, endangered even, will soon turn against these demonstrators.
Bring It On
Perhaps delousing beforehand might be in order.
Preempt the protests, move the convention!
Remember 911, you commie aholes from NY.
The US version of "Tribal Warfare."
Great, my special ops team will focus on the rescue of Kiran Chetry.
"How many lumps you want?"
"OH THREE OR FOUR...."
As a delegate who has a couple grand invested in the trip, your answer is NO.
ones that use attorneys and office holders to share your assets.
No! NY was chosen by the Republicans shortly after 9-11 to show support and solidarity with the people of NY and show the terrorists that we won't be intimidated to not convene in our largest city or anywhere else we want to for that matter.
What's unfortunate is that NYC will be subjected to the homegrown terrorism of the left. But that's typical leftist narcissism.
last sentence no sense make errrrrrrr.
I have'nt seen that in years. Thanks
OMG! I hope no evil smokers accidentally drop their lighted cigarettes on these innocent protestors' clothing (dropping the lighted match would be even worse).
New attraction in the Big Apple - for only a quarter, you get to fire a water cannon for 30 seconds!
This may be the opening scene of the coming Social War. A real bad riot coupled later this year with an election too close to call. Time will tell.
A little history for you:
In 1968, Viet Nam was being run by the party in power, the Democrats, and at that time, "Democrat" believe it or not, was not synonomous with "the left" and "liberalism." So, the left and liberals of the day rioted against the Democrats, and Richard Nixon won. I expect a Kerry win this time around.
I do, and congrats - it's a great place.
GO PROTEST WARRIERS!!!!! Send them money!~~~~!!!
Have a fleet of C-130s ready to evacuate the law breakers to Bagdad!
Maybe they'll throw confetti at the Repubs.
Bring a match.
I disagree. The battle in 1968 was between Humphrey and McGovern. Nixon won in part because the primary divided the Democrats so thoroughly. There's no parallel here. There was no "McGovern" challenge to Bush.
Prize for the lamest attempt to call black white and white black. Orwell just got the year wrong.
Notice that they think the permits are issued by City Hall. So much for their on-the-spot accuracy.
I believe in free speech, but the cops can't protect every lone Republican at once--they can only arrest people after they break the law.
Oh, I hope the MSM give the protesters lots of on-camera coverage.
I have a brother living overseas, (sarcasm on) and he is VERY sad that he won't get to see TV coverage of the wide range of weirdos who show up to protest in NYC.
I'm going to use the VCR to capture some of the thrills for him..plus clip any juicy newspaper/magazine photos. (He can find his own on-line stuff, LOL)
"Drag Queens for Kerry"...hmmm...too tame. Unless they bring the S&M chapter.
I know I can count on seeing a number of unwashed Earth First-Anarchy Now types...skipping their 1st week of college classes to help the Movement (mom and dad will be SO proud!)
I really hope to get something like a reunion of the old SDS/Weather Underground gang (those who don't still have outstanding felony warrants). That would be special...sort of a "where are they now" moment.
I hope they show some creativity in signs & slogans..."Death to Bush" has just been DONE, darlings!
(sarcasm off) Good Luck, NYC and NYPD!
You're right about that, Johnson didn't run in '68, but they're still going to riot, and Kerry's going to win.
Block me, and I'm going through you. That simple.
Since I'll be over that way for convention week, I'll be willing to take care of the situation if need be. :)
I'm curious, and you're the only one I know to ask -- is Neil Gaiman considered Gothic? What about Anne Rice?
Kind of sounds like this guy is setting some kind of large, secret plan into motion. How is the rest of his cell organized? Who finances this group? Hopefuly the FBI, Secret Service and Homeland Defense are looking into this.
Neil Gaiman isn't particularly Gothic; Death is Gothic. Anne Rice is just considered crazy. :-)
Nah the Communists were an off shoot in the Democratic Party by that time. As has been said, Nixon won because the Democrats split in 3 different directions....
I think that if the election were held today, Kerry would win, but give Bush a chance. I see him winning in November.