BACK TO CONVENTION
beautiful young Chicano demonstrators were part of the peaceful
crowd of 10,000 that police attacked with truncheons and teargas.
I took this photo as the massive crowd was listening to the band
Rage Against the Machine. The free concert took place in
a large "free speech" area outside the convention Hall.
on a small handful of "Black Bloc" protesters on the
very fringe of the crowd taunted the police by attempting to scale
a security fence built around the Staples Center. These protestors
also threw objects at the police, who used the incidental melee
as an excuse to forcefully shut down the concert and violently
clear the entire area of thousands of peaceful dissidents.
by Mark Vallen ©