Several U.S. flags were burned, one at a time, as some 400 Eugene activists and citizens continued to reject the illicit Bush regime invasion of Iraq. The crowds include several dozen black-blocks, dozens of local peace activists, as well as outraged citizens from 2 years old to 82.
In one case riot police prevented the return of a U.S. flag to its owner after a right-wing counter demonstrator grabed it and attempted to steal it, and others insisted it go back to its rightful owner, who was attempting a political protest protected by the United States Supreme Court. Instead, an EPD member pocketed the flag himself as a memento.
But several others flags were burned, as 4 lanes of Eugene motorists passed the major intersection of 8th and Oak in front of the Federal Building, overwhelmingly expressing their support with short horn honks, clenched fists, peace signs, and thumbs up.
A woman with both her and her 2 year old baby, both soaked in what appeared to be blood, repeatedly crossed the crosswalks in front of traffic (always WITH the walk signal), as a man beside her held a large sign reading, "500,000 IRAQI CHILDREN!" The sign reminded passers-by of the 500,000 Iraqi children UNICEF and other U.N. agencies estimate will be killed by Bush airial bombardment in this invasion.
As the 12 NOON Federal Building Protest continues, another rally is scheduled to start at 4PM, many vowing to continue a presence into the night.
Other protestors have been seen in roving groups at other public sights, one near the Public Library.
Representative Conway has announced the opening of an email sight seeking into on Bush impeachment hearings. Some protesters took time out to find a computer and send Conway their opinion.