Pigs, Police and Protesters: A Humboldt Perspective on the Republican National Convention
Protesters in pink Statue of Liberty costumes cary signs advocating for more acceptance of immigrants. [All photos by Berkeley Kijriopas]
We’ll be getting a unique Humboldt perspective on the Republic National Convention which begins today in Cleveland.
Berkeley R. Kijsriopas
Police on bicycles in Cleveland monitor protests on July 17 at the Republican National Convention.
An HSU student, as part of her graduate studies on leadership, will be gathering data on protesters at the event and sharing photos and impressions with us.
“We are looking at leadership and how people feel about supporting Trump, especially when they are [devout] Republicans and feel like they have no choice,” explained the student who prefers to be known by the name she will go by after she is married in a few weeks, Berkeley R. Kijsriopas.
Yesterday she went to the first protest. “I walked 11 miles just to follow protesters…Then, there was a bomb scare at a bank and things got a little crazy. But all is good now,” she wrote.
“The police presence was pretty amazing,” Kijsriopas said. “There were 1000’s of police officers. I have never seen so many in one place before.”
“I went to a Black Lives Matter protest…I talked to a lot of people,” she explained. There she saw a number of protesters all advocating for a variety of different positions.
A protester, not content with one sign, tries to cover a variety of positions he finds compelling.
“As you can see from the pictures, the people in masks were actually advocating legalization of marijuana and [were] anti-GMO,” Kijsriopas said. She pointed out the similarity to Humboldt County protesters and their concerns. “They were extremely passionate about it,” she said. “Kind of hit close to home.”
Free the weed protests at the Republican National Convention yesterday.
Not all protesters advocated peaceful change. “There were people walking around with a paper mache pig on a platter, yelling ‘kill the pigs,'” Kijsriopas noted.
Paper mache pig carried by protesters advocating killing law enforcement walked past a line of officers on bicycles.
“The main message that I got today was a little mixed,” she said. “There were A LOT of anti-police messages. But, without the police blocking the way of drivers, the march wouldn’t have happened. Cars literally would have ran protesters over, because the traffic never, ever stopped unless the police got involved.”
Police protect protesters carry a sign showing alleged victims of police brutality. “Stop Murder by Police,” it says.
All in all though, she said, the protesters and police had mainly peaceful interactions on Sunday.
Anonymous masked protester shakes hand with a police officer wearing a bulletproof vest.
But she said, “[Today] should be more, intense. We’ll see!”
[Check back in. We’ll update as the story develops.]