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The press described the police attack against this crowd as the "start of the day's protests." In reality, some 15,000 people had marched earlier in the day to call for an end to corporate greed. The concert came at the end of that huge march. The media ignored the non-violent mass march and instead focused on what they called a "Rock concert being broken up by police."

There was much anxiety in the concert crowd as the entire area was surrounded by riot police... many felt an attack was imminent, and so gas masks were seen everywhere.

Photograph by Mark Vallen