One local news radio has labeled the San Diego protest effort as Biofizzle 2001, citing little to no real display of organized opposition to the biotech message. Except for Sunday's march, which demonstrator organizors claim 1,500 attended but the actual count was less than 1,000, the protest location in front of the Convention Center was largely empty throughout the week. Protestors, very frustrated by the miniscule turnout were quick to cite the large police presence and also claimed widespread harassment or brutality as being a deterrent for people to attend. Most claims have been unsubstantiated and the overwhelming response from San Dieagans has been in support of the police presence. Several polls place overall acceptance of the police response at over 80% in the excellent catagory. Convention insiders claim the weeklong convention brought San Diego over 25 million dollars in tourism revenue. Most claim this easily justified the 2.5 million the city has reportedly spent on the police response. "A tenfold return on investment made the expense money well spent," one Convention official has said.
The convention event, will probably not go down as much of a showcase event for the demonstrator, who have already set their sights on other events planned in other cities.
The right wingers are already trying to justify their commando operation. The whole thing was absurd. They could have done the job with 1/4 of the operation. I'd love to know the real figures for their operation. I doubt the city made anything.
I wonder what the level of support for the Nazis In Germany during WWII was?
Everbody is trying to justify their actions (or inaction)
Who really cares how many were out to protest. The fact that people came out is a victory.
There were no significant reports of violence by the police or protestors.
If the taxpayers want to allow the police to put this kind of effort into "protecting" the city and the rights of protestors..so be it.
If someone has a problem with that...protest.
But, don't just protest when a convention comes to town. If you truly believe in your cause, you should be out there on a regular basis, making your point. Whether it is anti-bioengineering or police presence.
If you don't, my opinion is that you are just playing up to the media.