I guess we all know violence sells (as well as sex). Media prefers to focus on the action shots of a few idiots bashing in windows, protesters and police clashing, protesters being arrested and pepper-sprayed and tear gassed. The news has to scream out 7 arrested! (or 180 or 200 or whatever). I guess “9,993 NOT arrested” wouldn’t sell. “This just in: nearly 10,000 people were capable of peacefully demonstrating, holding signs and flags, singing, chanting, laughing, talking, and not clashing with the police.” Yeah – I guess that isn’t very sexy.
So it’s more likely that you came across stories in the newspaper, videos on the news, and photo galleries that showed a majority of violence and civil disobedience in yesterdays march on the Republican National Convention - with a few feel-good images thrown in.
We don’t have a tv, so I don’t know if there was any mention of the Liberty Parade (which we missed – shoot!). According to this article, the anarchy and acts of violence were mostly by a smaller group of people and didn’t necessarily happen at the same time as the march. That violence apparently kept up throughout the day. Despite the photos and video, Jeremy and I walked in the march for several hours and never saw any violence at all. This is our experience of the march (in slideshow format!):