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Garden Lockdown Photos
Garden Lockdown at BIO 2004
Photos by Luke Hauser, ©2004 by RQ
A highlight of the gathering was the convergence space at Sixth and Howard. The large warehouse space was brought alive with a garden room in the front, which contained dozens of plants clustered into "guilds" which naturally grow together. Winding paths led through the large room, with strawbale seats along the edges.
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The seedlings and grasses were determined blockaders, refusing to leave the circle despite repeated threats of arrest.
Activists encouraged police to adopt the plants, which were charged with magical spells for social change and peace.
At first, police -- who had already shut Fourth and Howard Streets -- threatened to leave the lockdown in place all day.
Here, a locked-down "rock" relaxes for a moment before arrests began.
Support protesters effectively closed off the main entrance to the Moscone West annex, forcing BIO 2004 delegates to scurry past the protest line on their way inside.
In a startling feat of street magic, Pagan Cluster activists caused a Green Bloc flag to materialize out of the back of an unsuspecting audience member at the Reclaim the Commons actions.
Luke Hauseris a freelance parajournalist in the service of the Goddess and planetary revolution. His photo-filled book Direct Action is an historical novel about Bay Area protests.
Photos ©2004 by RQ. Please do not copy, reproduce, fold, spindle, mutilate, or otherwise use them without written permission. Thanks!
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