It was dark so I used the infrared nightvision mode on my Sony video camera to capture the scene
Went to the anti-war parade in Shibuya today. It was the biggest protest of its type that I've been to. (Although I think the gay and lesbian parade I went to with Kara and Megan was bigger and more fun...) I heard that it was the first protest that circled through the Shibuya route completely before the last team had left, making a full circle.

We were the bloggers against war. We were stuck between the semi-left wing Asian group and a bunch of strange folks with messages on their umbrellas. Later, we ended up next to the Japanese drummers, which was much better. I guess they wanted to do this at the same time all over the world so Japan got stuck after dark. We were a pretty diverse group. I liked the Japanese drummers, the anarchists with the BIG black flags and the "Love not War" folks.

It was pretty interesting and mayb 20% of the people were really having fun. Regardless of the logic, I think it is definitely more fun to be against the war than for it.

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"... it is definitely more fun to be against the war than for it." This basically sums it up. I think most people choose sides in things like this based on what kind of people they want to party with. That and the fact that the current generation feels nostalgic for the pre-AIDS 1960s.

Hi all,
I added some photos of the March in my diary gallery.
I met up with Joi, Adam and about 10 other people. Everybody was very friendly and it was nice to see all these people turn up.
We demonstrated against war!! Great memories and first of all great Action against a grave situation.
I could feel the vibes of all the people around the world demonstrating at the same time. Could you?
We all met in a shitty park, that was the start of the demonstration. Many people from many nationalities were there: Americans proud to be Americans but ashamed of their government, brits, French (I was there), koreans, pakistanis, and probably a lot more. I would say the crowd was of 1/4 composed of foreigners. As we were at the end of the March, it took us quite a while to get moving as we were waiting for the first groups to reach Shibuya and back, to form a circle as Joi explained.
At first I was a bit puzzled at the crowd behaviour... I mean, we were waiting for the green light to cross the street... But then I realised that we were blocking a lot of cars and that made me feel better, I mean all these people should be demonstrating with us. Some of them were even getting angry. Can you believe that. Anyway, people were cheering on the sidewalks as we were walking past and a lot of pictures must have been taken.
Can you imagine the amount of gigabits of pictures that are going to be added on the internet today all over the world?!!!
Anyway, we completed the circle and people were waiting at the end and clapping their hands. I am not quite sure of the symbol of having people all along the circle at one time but like it a lot. I'm sure we did the right thing.
Thanks to all who came.

"... But then I realised that we were blocking a lot of cars and that made me feel better, I mean all these people should be demonstrating with us." Of course, your End justifies your Means... nice thinking...

hun. You know, I was really disappointed at the low turn-up. To me, yesterday was really important and I was kind of hoping that we would be more than the estimate of 7000 people from the previsous protest in January. But I doubt we made that and from what I read online, we were about 5000.
How is a (social) revolution supposed to happen in Japan if only 5000 people come to that kind of demonstration? I wonder.

Thanks much, Joi, for putting it all together. Nurri and I are still glowing with good feelings.

Paul, I agree to some extent, but I was happy to see even as many people as did show up: visibly antithetical to the consumerist apathy of Shibuya Saturday night even for a little while, a classic "temporary autonomous zone."

If the war kicks off, as we fear it will, there will be more and bigger such demos. I have all the faith in the world that, should it come to that, the cumulative economic pressure of shutting down traffic in the world's capitols would reign in the Bushista cowboys in relatively short order.

We were a part of something major last night, something new in human history, that events like the People Power marches in Manila only hinted at: direct democracy.

I am wired, and gratified, and humbled, and inspired.

Thank you Paul for putting up the photos. And thanks to everyone else for coming to the parade and sharing your thoughts.

Here are some of the photos I took:
http://www.sajjadzaidi.com/feb2003/peace_parade/

Some more nice photos of the demo from the Anti War Network website.

btw, World Peace Now are organizing the next Peace parade on the 8th of March.
see here or follow this link.

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