Saturday, March 22, 2003

You know, I'm really starting to like my city recently...

Did anything like this happen in larger cities like San Francisco or Chigaco when anti-war rallies took an unfortunate turn?

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. -- Police, protest organizers and Mayor Martin Chavez met Friday to discuss ways of avoiding the kind of violence-marred demonstration that occurred Thursday night near the University of New Mexico.

Organizer Eric Sirotkin said the meeting was positive, and he's confident that from now on, people can safely express their feelings about the war on Iraq, without fear of violence.


Sirotkin and police spokesman, Detective Jeff Arbogast, both said the behavior of the other side was unacceptable last night. But they said the two sides have opened the lines of communication, and Arbogast said they will continue to meet regularly. The next meeting is set for Saturday.

After watching people blow each other up on TV all day, and reading about people bulldozing other people all week, it sure is nice and refreshing to hear about opposing sides of a conflict getting along.

**UPDATE** But then again there's this.

Two teachers and a guidance counselor have been suspended after refusing to remove antiwar material from their schools in Albuquerque.

Well, this is from the school system that suspended a teacher for showing the film Catch-22 to her students, after the students read the book, which was required reading and on the syllabus.

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