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Protest capital?

Could be that no other city in the country outdid Portland last weekend in protesting the war in Iraq. Maybe.

Police in Portland figured the crowd size at close to 10,000 – a fairly large group, even by Portland standards.

That contrasts with the New York Times report of other protests around the country: “The administration could take heart this weekend from the relatively small antiwar protests around the country, compared with protests held on the previous anniversaries of the invasion. An estimated 7,000 people demonstrated in Chicago on Saturday and smaller protests were held over the weekend in Boston, San Francisco and other cities. In Times Square, the figure was about 1,000.”

Something seems not quite right here. Was Portland that much an anomaly, or were turnouts elsewhere seriously underestimated?

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