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NATO 2012 protest photo gallery

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People are often afraid of checking out protests, even if they believe passionately in what the protesters believe. So when you hear of crowd counts, remember that many others agree with them, but have their reasons why they aren’t down there in person.

So we thought we would show you some of what you missed, especially since this Sunday protest didn’t end well for some of the protesters. The protesters were in very good spirits with passionate messages.

Covering protests involves a bit of risk. So even if you are interested in checking out a protest or two, you might not be willing to personally get involved. Below we have a sample of people and their signs, along with some commentary when necessary. This protest eventually ran into problems, but that was when they were close to the site, the police were involved, and the protesters had a hard time being able to leave, even if they wanted to do so. At the beginning, people were in very good spirits, just wanting to get their message out.

In the first picture, this was the youngest protester that I saw. Protesters came in all different kind of ages, but mostly white. This was the primary message — a direct connection with what NATO is dealing with — the war in Afghanistan. Other signs focused on all wars, current (Syria) and potential (Iran). The media referred to this as an anti-war protest, and that certainly was an issue. But the primary issue is that money spent on wars is better spent on education, jobs, etc….

The masks might have seemed scary, but I even talked to a young woman with a mask who couldn’t be any nicer to me. Others had serious messages with lighter presentations.

There were a lot of young people, many of whom were concerned about student debt. One woman with a masters degree told me her debt reached over $100K. Some of them were aware of what was going on with the student protesters in Quebec.

The one that looks like Richard Nixon is based on a woman clutching a picture of her family from NATO bombings in the former Yugoslavia in the 1990s,

Enjoy the protests in pictures and words.



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