The best part of this protest was the counter-protestors who showed up. The usual bunch was there at the begining:
As you can see, "their" side of the street is empty at this point. But soon word got out to the MECHA boys and they started showing up. The Che t-shirts, sideways hats, dreadlocks, and a general lack of maturity were their trademarks.
As Greg from Oregon Billboard so aptly put it: "They forgot to put the word 'central' betwen the 'all' and 'Americans.'"
I would attempt to talk to these guys and they would turn their backs to me or stare off into space... much like a three year old who is ignoring you while in time-out. This is also when they started actively taking pictures of us.
The woman in the red (yes, that is a woman) threatened to break my camera if I took her picture...
NOTE: My camera is still in one piece...
I guess that these people were too stupid to realize that I am putting my own picture up as they insisted on taking pictures and making video the whole time. You will also notice that it's not just criminal aliens that these bright young students defend, they also defend rutheless killers.
At several points I was taking pictures of them taking pictures of us while we were taking pictures of them. Does that make sense? I would also note that the legendary "hard working" status that Mexicans enjoy might be a farse, this guy fell asleep while protesting!
NOTE: He may be an American but almost everyone in this group chooses to identify themselves as Mexican. (they don't understand the concept of citizenship or the difference between nationality and race)
The balding guy in the blue is University of Oregon professor Bob Bussel. He can be contacted HERE (make sure you put his name in the subject line) He is joining in on a song of "we shall overcome" or a chant of "we were here first." He also had a problem with my lack of "respect" for people... he didn't think that I should call illegal aliens criminals. When I asked if they were criminals he acted like it was just something that was a matter of opinion. He had no problem with the "respect" of people who called me "fucker" or screamed at me.
The girl in the front of the picture just likes chanting in my face. I think she sees me as an authority figure and I represent her parents who won't let her smoke pot or something. Just a guess...