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More Anti-Chavez Rallies

A West Coast reader e-mails that there was a small anti-Chavez rally in San Francisco civic center on Saturday too. He sent this first-hand account:

when I arrived at the Civic Center

(the site of the rally) there was already assembled

a sizeable (100 – 200 people) anti-Chavez contingent

off to one side. They were great; all festooned in

colorful outfits, waving Venezuelan flags, banging

on drums, and singing this wonderful song/chant

about how “He must go!” I went over to talk to

them and was happy to see that several of their

signs said things like “Chavez = Communist,” etc.

Just then the main anti-war march arrived at the

plaza led, of course, by the hard-core Socialist

Worker Party types who were the main organizers of

the event. As they passed in front of the laughing,

singing Venezuelans I saw some of the dour communists

recoiling as they read the anti-communist signs of

the anti-Chavez crowd. The Venezuelans, on the other

hand, surged forward in warm solidarity with the

marchers causing the SWP drones to go quite a bit

out of their way to avoid contact with the

ideologically un-clean. This deformation of the

march only ended once the true-believer vanguard had

passed and the marchers became more ordinary Bay Area

lefties who were only too happy to greet and enjoy

the Venezuelans. I don’t think the Anti-Chavez folks

ever understood why they were at first shunned by

their fellow demonstrators.

The Socialist Workers Party (behind their front-group

A.N.S.W.E.R.) have gone to great lengths to place

themselves in the middle of the anti-war movement.

It must pain them to yet be so marginalized.

Jonathan H. Adler is the Johan Verhiej Memorial Professor of Law and Director of the Center for Business Law and Regulation at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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