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Protests At Bush Inauguration

breaking news | 20.01.2005 16:09 | Anti-militarism | World

Over 10,000 people took to the streets of Washington DC on January 20th to demonstrate during the inauguration of George Bush. Almost ignored by much of the world's media, thousands of protesters lined the parade route, but many thousands more were prevented from reaching assembly points by a massive security operation. There were several marches, a critical mass bicycle protest, breakaway marches, building occupations and rallies [see timeline | precis 1, 2]. At several points police used batons and large amounts of pepper spray to keep protesters back from the parade route as some fencing was removed and security entrances blocked [pics 1 2]. Protests continued into the evening with the arrest total running into the hundreds. Indymedia along with other grass roots media networks joined forces to create the Inaugural Media Coalition to cover the protests with several radio streams providing extensive audio coverage (see full article).

Reports: [1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15 | 16 | 17 | 18 | 19 | International ANSWER]
Pictures: [1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12]
Audio: [1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | 15]
Video: J20 March

Demonstrations also took place right across America with protests in over 30 cities, ranging from thousands taking to the streets, to banner drops [pics 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7] and vigils. There were also demonstrations in South Korea, Japan, Puerto Rico, Ireland (Photos), Germany, Sydney, Australia, and at the US Embassy in London.

Anti-war protestors are now gearing up to demonstrate against Bush when he visits Europe, including Brussels and perhaps the UK in February, and also for a Global Day of Coordinated Actions on the 2nd Anniversary of the "Shock and Awe" Invasion of Iraq, on a 19th March 2005 - which is also the day chosen by the Assembly of the Social Movements at the European Social Forum in London for a European wide mobilisation, just prior to the European Council meeting in Brussels.

Protest reports from across America (more if you check out the full local indymedia sites): [Albuquerque | Atlanta | Austin | Bend | Boston | Cleveland | Dallas | Denver | Fayetteville | Flagstaff | Fort Worth | Houston | Kansas City | Knoxville | Los Angeles | Michigan | Milwaukee | Minneapolis | Nashville | Northhampton | New Orleans | Philadelphia | Phoenix | Salt Lake City | San Diego RTS | San Francisco | Santa Barbara | Santa Cruz | Seattle | Tucson ].

See also Not In Our Name Reports (Atlanta, Bozeman, Honolulu, LA, New York, Portland, Maine and more)

Full List of Reports from DC:

J20 march down 16th strett


DC IMC Breaking news timeline

"Insurgents" Delay "Second Coming" of Bush - DC IMC Wrap Up

Police beat, pepper-spray anarchist march

The Inaugural Police State

Twenty two hours of dissent

All Security Checkpoints Closed

Police repression of anti-Bush demonstrations

BBC news 24 tv shows cops pepper spraying people

Police Attack on Anarchist March

Protesting against Neocon Offices

Post Concert Anti-authoritarian March

Bringing the War Home In DC
Late on Thursday night approximately 200 people went on a torch-lit march towards the nearby Inaugural Ball at the Washington Hilton. Windows were smashed at Citibank, Riggs Bank, KFC, Mcdonalds, and a police station. Around 70 people were arrested.

At Least 65 Arrests on Columbia Road

Links to corporate media coverage

British Newspapers Mock Bush Inauguration

Personal accoujnt

Mild Coronation Day

Commentary: What’s the Point of Protest?

Randall School Re-occupied


Protest Picture collection

Counter Inauguration 2005 Photos

Media Pepper Spray Pics

Vice President Cheney's Limo hit by Snowball :-)

Pics of protestors removed from inauguration crowd

Womens March Pics

DAWN converges with Women's March Pics

J20 Dawn Malcolm X to Mcphereson March Photos


Various J20 photos

3 pics

Protesting the Coronation of King George


CKUT Radio: Resisting the US Presidential Inauguration in Washington D.C. (audio)

Inaguration 2005 Protest callins from J20 protests against George Bush polise abuse using peper spray, beatings ect from various indy media streaming audio from radio coop, FRSC, Enemy Combatant Radio

Sound collage of Jan 20 - anarchists and queers (audio)

A short [3 min] sound collage from the day. DC Radio Coop

Police beat, pepper-spray anarchist march (audio)

J20 2005 coronation sound collage - speeches, music, chants etc (blast furnace radio)

Pepper Spray + Undercover Police Make Arrests (democracynow audio)

MAYDAY DC takes over Randall School again! (audio)

Voices from the Counter Inauguration Protest of 2005 - TurnedTables the Funkinest Journalist

Report from Rise and Shine Rally/March

PoP dEFECT RADIO/FRSC: Bush Inaugration speech

J20 Coverage + Interviews on

Houston Indymedia Radio Show looks at J-20

J20 SanDiego HIMC Interview

Gore Vidal on the Inauguration

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