Saturday, April 25, 2009
WP Supplemental: More Teabagging
Another demonstration under the "tea bag" banner, ten days after the tax day events. This one in Woodbury, CT, a small town at the zone where suburban development merges into rural countryside. A 'red' town in a 'blue' state. This protest was more formal than the demonstration in New Milford ten days ago, with scheduled speakers, an audio van, and a singer/songwriter who did a contemporary protest song. The town is an antiques center and Saturday is a big tourist/shopping day with a large flea market that draws a lot of traffic. About half of the two hour event was devoted to standing at the edge of Main Street, holding signs up for the passing cars, with some honking of horns and pumping of fists out windows in response. There was no sign of counter-demonstration at all, other than one passing driver who chanted "O-BA-MA, O-BA-MA" as he passed.
I arrived ahead of the scheduled start, though a few dozen people were already there. An older gentleman approached and asked, "are you with us?" I told him I was there as an independent citizen. "Not with the CIA?"—"If I were CIA, you wouldn't know I was here." He laughed, then got to the PA system and announced "There's a fellow here taking pictures. He says he's here as an ordinary citizen, not FBI or CIA." Several times over the next hour someone would ostentatiously pull out a P&S or cell phone camera and point it at me. So I pointed my camera back. I overheard someone in the crowd tell a companion, "they are taking all our pictures and sending them straight down to Washington, DC, over the internet." Other people complained that no crews from the regional TV stations had shown up. There were a couple photographers carrying hefty shooting outfits (who for some reason didn't get an announcement over the PA system) but I didn't recognize any shooters from the nearby cities' daily papers.