The Stone City

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Monday, March 21, 2005

"Antiwar" Protest

Only the Chinese media have bothered to report on Prague's anemic antiwar protest yesterday, which saw 200 people march through the tourist district. Most of the protesters seemed to be in their late twenties, though a few should have been old enough to know better. They carried a few anti-Bush posters, a few posters of Che Guevara, and some much larger red banners (bedsheet-sized) reading "Revolucion!". They marched, unconscious of the irony, past the Falun Gong displays; past a street display calling on Castro to free political prisoners; and past the place where Jan Palach immolated himself in 1969 to call attention to what their "revolucion" really meant.