My DC: Smallest Protest Ever?

One of the kinda-strange things about living in DC is that there is a pretty high incidence of parades and protests, because people come here expecting to be heard. When it’s thousands of people on the Mall, it might make the evening news, but much more often, the protests are just small clusters of people agitating seemingly randomly. It might be because my office is near so many embassies (and has a huge labor union for a neighbor) but hardly a week goes by when I don’t see either a mini-rally or march. I think the one I passed on my way back from lunch today — just two people with signs and clipboards — might be the smallest I’ve seen yet.

Smallest Protest Ever?

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3 thoughts on “My DC: Smallest Protest Ever?

  1. Mia April 18, 2008 / 5:28 pm

    Sometimes it can be hard being the lone voice in the wilderness.

  2. Snapdragon April 18, 2008 / 5:45 pm

    Good on those two people for trying to provide a voice for the poor people of Zimbabwe who voted weeks ago (and apparently for regime change too, which is why the results have yet to be made public).

    The regime there is despicable — Zimbabwe was once the bread basket of Africa and well endowed with many natural resources. Today inflation is over 200,000 percent — which I can’t even understand — and people are starving. President Mugabe should be a laughing stock, if only his neighbors would work up the balls to say so.

    Sorry, there is a reason Africa is so often beleaguered – many of its rulers are incompetent despots who are only in it for themselves – which is a sad and ironic twist on a continent who’s culture is so communal.

    So Sweetpea, if you pass these guys again, please give them a shout out and feel free to sign my name to their petition in support of democracy in Zimbabwe.

    Thanks for the post.

  3. Hillary April 21, 2008 / 12:22 pm

    I just love these little quirks of DC. My friends and i were just talking about DC’s penchant for protest the other night.

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