Hundreds of anti-Bush protestors greeted President George W. Bush outside of his speech in Grand Rapids (transcript). Aside from a small contingent of local Democratic Party members showing their support of Kerry, most of the protestors were critical of the Bush administration and US foreign policy as a whole. Earlier in the day, Bush was met by hundreds of protestors in Springfield, Missouri where at least three people were arrested after violating a “Free Speech Zone” keeping protestors away from Bush while allowing his supporters closer access
Additionally, a Critical Mass bike ride took the streets later in the day without police harassment or arrests despite a flyer that promoted it as an anti-Bush event. At its largest point, 32 riders participated.
The Republicrat (un)Welcoming Committee has another protest scheduled for next Monday, August 2nd at 10:45am at the corner of Michigan and Ottawa in downtown Grand Rapids. Under the banner “Demand more from Kerry” the group will be demonstrating outside of Democratic Party presidential candidate John Kerry’s appearance in Grand Rapids and urging his constituents to call for Kerry to end the occupation of Iraq, agree not to sign any more trade agreements like NAFTA, and to get corporate money out of politics.
Media Mouse Coverage of the Grand Rapids Bush Protests: