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Patchman from Berkeley
Woman on tractor during march
Clowns and Bikes
Police videoed the march
Line of Police on the Bridge
My friends and I arrived late to the Boogie on the Bridge street party. We had left late in a car from Edinburgh to Glasgow, and we weren't sure exactly where to go to find the party. I guess that people had marched to this bridge (?) and set up their party. People were eating, drinking, drumming, dancing, chatting, selling anarchist magazines and fun patches... People had anti-G8 signs, since Friday was the last day of the G8 meeting in Scotland, and there were anti-climate change messages chalked on the sidewalks, drawn on people's bodies, and on signs. It was the quietest illegal street party I have ever been to- there was no large sound system. Some people did have radios and other smaller sound systems.
We decided to go to the other side of the police line that was preventing people from exiting one side of the bridge. We realized that we would have to walk through the looser police line on the other side of the bridge and go a block over, so we checked with our friends and started to leave. As internationals, we wanted to get out of there before the 2nd police line closed, since we didn't want to get arrested and/or deported from the UK! We walked around the corner and made it about 1/2 a block before the crowd came pouring off the bridge. We marched for a few miles through the southside of Glasgow. Eventually the police surrounded us, first at a "roundabout" (rotary) and then we moved about halfway down the block. We were encircled by police and held there for 1.5 or 2 hours, with no bathroom and dwindling water supplies. Eventually, people negotiated with the police and we were given an very long, very slow escort back to a community garden.
originally posted to http://www.indybay.org/news/2005/07/1752466.php
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