Archive - Feb 10, 2005

This is what democracy looks like

During the Republican National Convention, protests sprung up at many places around New York City. As I was heading in to blog about the convention one day, I passed a large demonstration in front of the Public Library.

As the police were dragging people off, some people chanted "Shame, Shame" at the police. Others started chanting, "This is what democracy looks like."

That phrase, "This is what democracy looks like" is one that always sticks with me. To me, it conjures up images of the fight for democracy around the world, whether we are talking about the Bastille, suffragettes, Tiananmen Square, or purple fingers in Iraq.