Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Showdown in Berkeley...

...And all I could think as I was reading this story was, 'I can't wait to see Zombie's pictures...' (There are some pics in front of the USMC recruiting office already posted)

"...Military supporters descended on Berkeley early Tuesday, demanding the famously liberal California college town rescind its vote that says Marine recruiters are "not welcome in this city."

The pro-military demonstrators were met by anti-war protesters who had camped out overnight, setting the stage for a dramatic showdown late in the day when the City Council is to discuss whether to revoke its previous vote.

"Their treasonous action, especially at this time of war right now, is not acceptable," said Mary Pearson, a spokeswoman for the group Move America Forward.

"It's very, very important for everyone to stand united ... to give our Marines and all of our military the greatest respect and honor that they deserve."

Before the sun was even up, about 300 demonstrators -- both pro-military and anti-war -- were already standing toe-to-toe in downtown. Many traded jeers and sneers." (source)

I can't find an article that says what decision the council finally came to (the met at 7pm PST last night), but this article is a colorful recap of the day (complete with "spicy words" like: "patchouli-oil-scented time warp", "burgeoning cultural war" and "poodles in pink sweaters and old hippies."

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