Thursday, June 07, 2007
The march on G8
About 3,000 protesters dressed in funny clothes, listening to Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Punk Bands I have never heard of take on 16 police officers in riot gear, using helicopters and water canons. Who do you think would prevail?

The protesters were out to march on the G8 Summit venue and to try and block all roads leading up to that venue, and we were assigned to march with them. We figured it wouldn┬╣t be a long walk, with police everywhere, and the protesters not looking like a very well organized bunch.

But then, all of a sudden, they all charged the police lines line at once, and it broke, they were through. Plowing through wheat and barley field, even water canons and special police forces choppered in couldn't hold them up. They marched in, slowly, steadily, unstoppable. It was like the police was an elephant trying to stop swarm of gnats. They had the power, but they just couldn't a hold of them.

We ended up walking about seven miles through waist-high barley crops, the soggy earth making every step difficult. So much for our easy and relaxed work day.

At some points the protesters managed to block every road leading up to the G8 venue. Delegations and the international press had to be taken to meetings by boat, because of the lockdown. Some protesters even managed to reach the eight-mile long security fence.

How could such a disorganized, colorful bunch create such chaos just by walking? Not even us who were with them can really explain that.

-- From Frederik Pleitgen, CNN Berlin Correspondent
Why did Mr. Pleitgen not report from the protestors? Did he even talk with the people in the "funny clothes". I'm only 27, but this type of reporting is reminiscent of the kind of criticism protestors faced during the civil rights movement. "Those hippies and their stinking Bob Dylan" Give me a break! Does CNN even talk to the soldiers or the people? I want to know the story.
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