Today marks the ten-year anniversary of the initial protests in New York City during the Republican National Convention. Protest groups from across the globe converged on New York City in August 2004 to protest the GOP’s RNC. United for Peace and Justice organized a Sunday August 29 march that brought 800,000 protesters into the streets of New York to express their sentiment against President George Bush and the war in Iraq. About 200 people were arrested that day but that was only a drop in the bucket compared to the arrests that the City of New York would make in the following days. Before the start of the RNC the NYPD had constructed special holding cells for protesters at an old greasy bus depot at Pier 57. The only catch was they needed people to occupy the specially made cells. The cells would fill with hundreds of protesters in the following days. Below is a slideshow of photos from the August 29 protest. Check back to the Palmer’s Almanac tomorrow for photos from the August 30, 2004 actions in New York.
Michael E. Palmer is a writer and photographer based in Alabama.
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