Aerial view of the Wall Street protesters. A bit more than a couple hundred people…
Sen. Sanders Offers His Support for Keystone XL Protest
Demonstration Against Demolition of Pike Place Market, Seattle, 1971
Demonstrators march in a successful campaign to “Save the Market” from demolition. Seattle voters showed their support on November 2, 1971 by passing Initiative No. 1 that opposed the City Council’s plan to raze the Market and build high rise offices and apartments with federal urban renewal funds.
Photographer: Timothy Eagan
Image Date: 1971
Image Number: 1986.5.53773.1
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Contrary to my first impression, these are not protestors being ironic by supporting a neo-liberal, pro market philosophy. They are actually trying to save the historic farmers market in downtown Seattle. They were successful, the Pike Place Market is thriving and is the number one tourist destination in the city.
Protest and Identification
photo by Guillaume Bertrand/Reuters, official caption in the New York Times reads “scuffles were reported between rock-throwing students and riot police firing tear-gas in the outlying neighborhoods of Nanterre and Mantes-la-Jolie.” 19th of Coctober, 2010.
It’s October 2010 and the protests against the pension reforms in France are turning violent. The visual representation of these manifestations, or manif in short, makes for rich material. In above photograph, the viewer (the person looking at the photograph) is situated behind the police cordon. This perspective is greatly affecting the reading of the image. The ideological implication here is that the police, or what Louis Althusser has called the Repressive State Apparatus, is protecting you, the viewer, from the ‘rock-throwing students’. The telephoto lens chosen by the news agency photographer is further signifying that the trouble makers should be kept at a distance and that the only buffer between you and them is the state apparatus. The focus, quite literally, is on the youths who are the source of violence and rioting. The rock one of the students is throwing can actually be seen flying through the air. It is a photograph that makes a clear distinction between two sides: the rioting youths on one side, the viewer on the other side, and the police in between.
Interesting critique of “protest photograph” at Visual Culture Blog. With more photos of protest in the news this year than has been in the press in recent memory, analysis is important and most often left out of the discourse. The ideology is is embedded in the presentation.
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“An individual who breaks a law that conscience tells him is unjust, and who willingly accepts the penalty of imprisonment in order to arouse the conscience of the community over its injustice, is in reality expressing the highest respect for the law.”
Martin Luther King Jr.
In case you have not seen this BBC Interview; Jody McIntyre defends his innocence, while being questioned by a BBC news announcer. Mr. McIntyre does an excellent job.
The BBC announcer infers that Jody was a threat to the Police that surrounded him on the street. Jody was dragged from his wheel chair and beaten by London Police at the student demonstration last week.
Mr. McIntyre suffers from cerebral palsy.
“They hold the scissors, we hold the rock. General Strike, 15.12.2010. Workers from the book sector.”
Photo Via: Global News CA
University students march during a protest against various budget cuts the government has implemented in downtown Rome November 30, 2010.
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1970 / Protestors on Interstate 5 / Seattle
Thousands of people spilled onto I-5 on their way to an anti-war protest in downtown Seattle. In this photo, 30 state patrolmen in riot gear await the crowd. The march was redirected, but the following day, 10,000 more people returned to the freeway to protest.
Police Pepper Spray Peaceful Demonstrators.
Battle in Seattle 11 Years Ago Today.