The Nation: Protest: A Week Against the War

THE Washington march for peace has become a highly ritualized affair —something that an anthropologist might call a "cultic in-gathering," an annual coming together that is part circus, part festival, part political mass meeting. Last week its time came round again, and in balmy spring weather a crowd estimated by police at 200,000 —one of Washington's largest ever —streamed down Pennsylvania Avenue to assemble before the west front of the U.S. Capitol. On the same day, in San Francisco, 125,000 demonstrators formed a six-mile parade down Geary Boulevard into Golden Gate Park; they...

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