There were a wide variety of home made protest signs. At some protests,
people all carry the same sign or one or two variants. Here it is clear
that people all had their own ideas for the messages they wanted to send.
Another of the larger protest signs, a flag for the new American Empire.
One of the many charges protesters make against the Bush Administration is the adoption
of the recommendations of a right wing Washington think tank, the Project for a
New American Century, which essentially wants the U.S. to use military force
to create a global empire or "Pax Americana". More on this
Critics of this plan describe it as more of a return to colonialism - using superior
military force to secure the natural resources of other countries for American use.
Another message directed at Prime Minister Paul Martin.
Despite near-universal condemnation of the effectiveness
of missile defence shields by scientists, the Bush Administration
is pressuring Canada to take part in a multi-billion dollar missile
Another anti-Bush sign.
At this point, the crowd began to start moving down Barrington Street
towards Cornwallis Park.
More signs. Halifax Police were stationed on side streets and
between them and protest organizers, the crowd kept to Barrington Street
It took quite a while for the crowd to empty out of the Parade
Square onto Barrington Street.
Many people have drawn comparisons between Bush Administration
policies and the policies of the 20th century Nazi party leader. There
are some surface similarities - for example, both men came to power with the
support of Big Business, exploited fear of social change to influence
their respective electorates, and both
felt world opinion had no place in their foreign policies.
Critics counter that such comparisons trivialize the evils done
by the Nazis, a point which carries no small amount of truth of its own.
Trying to take pictures of the crowd while moving meant not all
of them came out properly. This picture means nothing in particular
but came out so pretty that I'm including it anyway.