Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The taking of the Farmacity

On Friday morning, the commotion started -- drum beats, clapping and shouting. It did not let up for hours so I finally went down to see what the hell was going on.

There's a pharmacy next door to my building and the workers had shut it down, accusing the business of being a "slave driver" and of not paying night differential.

The crowd of protesters expanded and contracted over the course of the day. At one point, the whole avenue was blocked.

They took the night off but were back on Saturday. That's when I took the photo. As you can see, the riot police nearly outnumbered the protesters at this point.

One protester was speaking into a megaphone, saying they were peaceful and would not be intimidated by the police.

The police, for their part, looked mostly bored. One talked on her cell phone.

Yes, I know this is the third mediocre photo in a row I've posted of the back of people's heads.

But, see, here the heads belong to people who are protesting and/or milling about! Whereas in the previous post, the heads belonged to people who were watching a soccer match!

Really, I don't think photos could be more different.

1 comment:

Nicholas said...

You'll think I'm being perverse, but I think this is maybe the best photo you've posted. Honestly. Everyone seems so nonchalant and vaguely content and then in the far corner, almost hidden away, there's the line of absurdly overprepared police -- they're the key to the photo but you can almost miss them entirely. Plus you've got the woman crossing the street performing the role of the viewer, or blog reader.

Admittedly, I'd like the photo even more if you had photoshopped me in her place. I've always wanted to go to Buenos Aires. It's close to Chile.