the past, when there was an important message to get to the people, a town crier
would yell the information from the top of a building to the people below. Today,
we have an important message to get out about how McDonald's is butchering animals,
destroying the environment, contributing to world hunger, exploiting its workers,
and trying to silence free speech. And like the town criers of the past, we should
be yelling this message from the rooftops -- and what better rooftops to yell
from, than those of McSlaughter?
This year, on the Worldwide Day of Action
Against McDonald's (October 16), scores of protests occurred across the nation
and around the world. But in both Santa Cruz (see story) and Minneapolis, activists
did rooftop demos!
At the Minneapolis protest, four activists did a "human
octopus" on top of the roof while over a dozen other activists on the ground
chanted in support. At one time, protesters counted seventeen police, fire-fighters
and McDonald's' employees and managers standing on the roof trying to figure out
what to do. Two fire trucks, half a dozen police cruisers, and media vans (one
which drove their satellite antenna into the electrical wires, temporarily knocking
out power) were all on site to add to the confusion. It took the authorities two
hours to saw through the protesters' U-locks and remove them from the roof. The
rooftop demo received extensive local coverage and was featured on CNN -- making
those protesters pretty good town criers.
Considering the effectiveness
of these protests, there should be more rooftop demos at McDonald's. McDeath buildings
are perfect for rooftop demos -- most are free standing, single story buildings
that can easily be climbed with the aid of a ladder or the pipes and gutters attached
to its sides. McMurders' low security also makes it easy to take over the roof
before anyone notices, and the roofs are such that it is hard to fall off of them.
The roof-top demos could be even more successful if the door allowing access
to the roof was blocked. If the door had been padlocked closed or in some way
blocked, the police would have had to scale the walls or use a cherry picker to
even get up there -- further frustrating the attempts to remove the activists.
And considering the looks of those cops, it is doubtful that three-fourths of
them could have made it onto the roof.
If rooftop demos against McDonalds
were more frequent, I wonder what McProfit's would do to try and prevent them
-- add more security? Change their building design? Or just give up and suffer
through them? It would be interesting to find out.
So the next time you
protest McDonald's' evil ways, don't take it to the streets -- take it to their
roofs! Vegan Power!
Organize Against McMurder!
the US McLibel Support Campaign if you: * need help organizing a McDonald's protest.
* want to protest the McDonald's 1996 annual share holders meeting in Chicago
at the end of May. * want to take part in a worldwide day of action against McDonald's
after the outcome of the McLibel trial is determined this April.
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