8/31/04 9:00 AM EST
McAuliffe Asks Protestors To Avoid Violence
The Hill reports that DNC Chair Terry McAuliffe "made a plea for peace yesterday to the hundreds of thousands of protesters who have swarmed to New York march against the Republican convention. 'Please make it peaceful,' McAuliffe said during the first Democratic press conference of the week at the national party's New York headquarters." McAuliffe "and other Democrats "said they do not want violence in the streets to overshadow what President Bush says on the campaign trail and what Republicans say in the convention hall." In a Christian Science Monitor column, Harry Brunius comments on the condescending offer of discounts to the "protesters from such groups as the Clandestine Insurgent Rebel Clown Army, and the Spartacus Socialist Youth Club" or the "feared anarchists." City convention organizers "had tried to pacify these proletariats with promises of discounts from Ben & Jerry's, Madame Tussaud's, and even the Museum of Sex if they promised to behave. And instead of sneering, 'Let them eat cake,' the New York powers that be were trying to give revolutionaries the same benefits as their reactionary counterparts."