Wednesday, November 10, 2004

Actually, They Were There to Pacify an Enraged Mob That Had Paid Good Money to See The Polar Express 

Courtesy of Zemblan patriot J.D.: According to Xeni Jardin of Boing Boing, L.A. IndyMedia has posted video footage of tanks ("well, LAV-25s, but who's gonna quibble with an armored cannon on Wilshire Boulevard?") at an anti-war protest outside the federal building in Westwood, CA. We cannot comment on the authenticity of the footage because the link above doesn't work for us either.

UPDATE (via Susan Madrak of Suburban Guerrilla): According to a followup post at L.A. IndyMedia, the USMC Stryker armored vehicles had traveled north for a Wednesday morning Veterans' Day parade, and arrived at the Westwood demonstration after taking an unfortunate left at Albuquerque:
I talked to one Marine with one of the "Striker" vehicles. He told me they had driven the vehicles up from Camp Pendleton the night before (Tuesday) on the freeway. Getting off the 405 Freeway going north, they would have passed Wilshire and Veteran where ANSWER had called a rally to protest the attack on Fallujah in Iraq.

I asked him if he was "rolling around Westwood" Tuesday night. He said, "Yeah, and we drove past that anti-war demonstration. We was lost. We're not from L.A. We didn't know where this place (WLA VA) was. We were trying to find it . . . . We stopped to ask them (the protestors) directions, but they weren't very nice."

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