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G8 protesters outnumbered by police, TV cams

June 8, 2004

Brunswick, GA-- Nearly 150 war protestors marched through Brunswick Tuesday, just a few miles from Sea Island, where leaders are now gathered for the G8 summit.

The sound of rap music splits the salty coast air in Glynn County; perhaps not the chants normally heard at anti-war rallies.

This is the new age, anti-globalization movement. And rap is their music. But regardless of the genre', their age-old message is the same.

"Hundreds of American soldiers have died not to mention and thousands of Iraqi civilians and really it seems America would have waken up by now,” said Nick Robertson of Santa Barbara, California.

Members of the crowd chant “No more war!” Some protest against a relatively new threat, terrorism.

"We have a group of people out there who want to get rid of us, just because we don't believe their Allah and their politics,” said Bob Kunst of Miami Beach. “What are we going to do about this insanity that we're facing that could kill millions of people."

Others are here to carry an age-old messages. "No policeman or member of the military has the right to make you speak, to make you give your identification, the right to remain silent is something we fought for," said 93-year-old Peg McIntyre of St. Augustine.

And the right to break that silence is a freedom the protestors exercised today. “We gather now around this memorial to remember those who have died or given their lives and to remind ourselves that innocent people will die because of our country, the United States of America," said the speaker.

The United States of America, where as long as there are wars, there will be protests. When you consider that there are almost as many law officers here in Brunswick as there are residents, you can understand that all this is a little overwhelming to the people who live here.

This town of 16,000 has been thrust into the international spotlight because of its proximity to Sea Island, where the summit is being held.

Normally quiet neighborhoods are now heavily patrolled by police, helicopters swirl overhead and protestors fill the streets. Some who live here say the whole G8 invasion as they call it has disrupted their lives.

"I work on the island,” said John Evans. “It's hard to get on, Everything's being inspected for bombs or terrorist threats. I just ain't never been through nothing like this before."

He and his friends watch in amazement as the protestors pass near their home. John Evans says he'll just be glad when it's all over.

posted at 5:00PM by dave.miller@walb.com