March 21, 2009

Getty image of March on Pentagon
The last two-thirds of the march (Getty Images)

A "throng of war protesters swelled Saturday as they marched across the Memorial Bridge." (AP) The protesters marched on the Pentagon and what followed was a dramatic direct action at Boeing, Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics and KBR, corporations that demonstrators labeled "merchants of death." The predominantly young crowd continued to grow as the day proceeded. They marched through the Pentagon north Parking Lot and then into downtown Crystal City, where the leading war corporations' headquarters are located.

The march was led by a contingent of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans. James Circello, an Iraq war veteran and member of the Veterans and Service Members Task Force of the ANSWER Coalition, said, “We refuse to accept the new administration’s attempts to rewrite the history of the occupation of Iraq into that of a humanitarian mission."

There was a significant delegation from members of the Arab and Muslim communities and many students participated.

The Arlington County Police mobilized in full riot gear in an attempt to block the demonstrators from delivering symbolic coffins at the doorsteps of the war corporations. They brought tear gas, snarling dogs and pointed guns loaded with rubber bullets directly at demonstrators. The Arlington County Police also put out an absurdly low count of the demonstration, which was more than 10,000 people.

In Los Angeles, a simultaneous demonstration drew 4,000 people, which culminated with a dramatic die-in at the Kodak Theater. Another 4,000 demonstrated in San Francisco, where police carried out violent attacks on demonstrators and arrested numerous people.

Below are a few additional photos from the march, which can be downloaded in hi-resolution and credited to Bill Hackwell if used:

 Demonstrators cross bridge M21 300Demonstrators cross the
bridge to the Pentagon
(View hi-res)
 Coffins at War Profiteers 300Demonstrators lay coffins at the
doorstep of the War Profiteers
(View hi-res)
 March 21st Front BannerFront banner of March
(View hi-res)
 Afghanistan coffin March 21A protester carries a coffin
draped with an Afghani flag
(View hi-res)

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