Plan Inauguration Turnout
DAVID HO, Associated Press Writer
Copyright 2000 by The Associated Press
(AP) -- Demonstrators who shut down a global trade meeting in
last year and brawled with police at the Republican National Convention
plan to show up in force for President-elect Bush's inauguration
insist the protests, for a variety of causes, will be orderly
and that any violence will be the fault of police.
Bush will not go one block down Pennsylvania Avenue without being
with signs and banners and other creatively done messages of the
that says `No' to the death penalty, `No' to racism, `No' to voter
Brian Becker, co-director of the International Action Center,
said at a news conference Thursday.
there is violence that day, it will be because -- as we've witnessed
many demonstrations in the past year -- the police decided to
engage in violent
behavior against demonstrators,'' he said. No civil disobedience
planned, he said.
issues motivating the protesters range from abortion to abolition
of the Electoral
College. Veterans of a growing movement against corporate globalization
from the Seattle protest will be joined by environmental activists,
people opposed to U.S. involvement in Latin America and those
Bush's contested victory.
said his group requested permits six weeks ago from the District
police to allow hundreds to gather at locations in front of the
Department, around the Capitol and along the inaugural route.
have not yet been granted.
police would not say whether the permits would be approved. The
Inaugural Committee and the Bush transition office had no comment.
Eidinger, protest coordinator for the Justice Action Movement
and a demonstrator
at both national political conventions this summer, said police
to meet with demonstrators early next week to discuss how to avoid
that have marked other recent protests.
of the demonstrations had been planned well before the contested
election, organizers said, but the recent events in Florida galvanized
of the outcome of the election, I think the protests will be much
said Eidinger. His group, a coalition of organizations including
who protested at the World Bank and the International Monetary
Fund in Washington
in April, plans to have small groups of people throughout the
at the inauguration holding anti-Bush signs.
the legitimacy of Bush's presidency after the contested election
the Florida recount, many of the signs and posters being prepared
to the Thief.''
you look at this inauguration, you will see demonstrators,'' Eidinger
said. "If police attempt to keep people out of the inauguration,
going to have to screen every single person that attends.''