Counter-protesters were harassed, threatened, and some assaulted by security personnel of the anti-Iraq Occupation rally (International A.N.S.W.E.R.) before police appeared and relocated the counter-protesters in Washington D.C. today. No arrests were reported, but there was one female counter-protester was repeatedly shoved in the fracas….
Members of the counter-protest group began saying that a woman 5-months pregnant with the counter-protesters was injured in the scuffle. Her husband, David Fields, has made the following statement:
“My wife (who is 5 months pregnant) and I joined about 50 other Protest Warriors on Saturday in D.C. to infiltrate the anti-war rally sponsored by A.N.S.W.E.R., and they were apparently expecting us. As soon as we began making our way into the crowd, we had one person after another attempting to block our progress, telling us that we weren’t allowed to be there, and within minutes, several rally “marshals” in yellow vests began trying to rope us off into a little “pen.” We continuously asked them why they weren’t being tolerant of our free speech rights, but the best responses they could come up with was a “f— you!” We attempted to engage them in a healthy debate, but they wouldn’t have any of it, and it wasn’t long before they began trying to shove many of us out of the rally by force. I expected some resistance, and so I remained calm and just stood my ground, not wanting the face-off to escalate into anything violent. But when a couple of the “marshals” began shoving my pregnant wife around, I came VERY close to physically attacking them in her defense. But I settled for stepping in front of them and letting them know, in no uncertain terms, that she is pregnant, and if they didn’t stop man-handling her, I would defend her with extreme force. In response to that, they would step back (but only for a minute or two), and say that in order for her not to be physically assaulted, I would have to get her out of there. This scene was repeated several times, and each time the same people became a little more rough with my wife, who, to her credit, didn’t back down from their assault and stood her ground, questioning their purported “tolerance” and “peacefulness” with every one of their shoves.
Read it all; it’s entertaining.
Yes, yes. They were there to stir shit. That’s what Protest Warrior does: takes the wind out of the sails of anti-war rallies and shows them up as the hypocrites they are. I must admit that I’m very impressed with the restraint displayed by the counter-protesters when faced with assault and battery the way they were.