here are a few pics from the afternoon.
eros holds some heart balloons
venus roused the crowd with a beautiful speech
police arrive to check us out
...but the police don't want to hug :(
rhythms of resistance samba
free valentine cards - make your own
the statue of eros was adorned with red heart balloons, the steps were decorated with chalk drawings and beautiful thoughts, a stall was set up to supply cardboard and art materials for all to make their own valentine cards, the rhythms of resistance samba band entertained and drew the crowds, and venus roused us all with a beautiful speech before inviting everyone to take part in a mass group hug.
some cops (who refused to take part in the hug) tried to spoil things a little by hassling members of the crowd for no apparent reason, but even they were beaten back by the power of love and slunk to the side-lines to observe.
there's a three minute video of the action that i'll hopefully be posting later