The Canadian Peace Alliance organized protests across Canada against our involvement in the war in Afghanistan on April 4, 2009. Calgarians gathered at Tomkins Park (17 Avenue and 8 Street SW). It happened to be the same place as an unrelated public pillow fight.
I believe, this is one of the people who tried to organize a pillow fight, but basically had to give up.
Calgary Sun reporter Katie Schneider tries asking the bylaw officers whether they're allowing the pillow fight or not. They were less than clear about what the rules are.
Calgary Sun reporter Katie Schneider (left) interviews a few the people who came for the pillow fight. Given the small turnout, I think everybody with a pillow got interviewed by the media.
The Canadian Peace Alliance organized protests across Canada against involvement in the war in Afghanistan on April 4, 2009. Calgarians gathered at Tomkins Park (17 Avenue and 8 Street SW). It happened to be the same place as an unrelated public pillow fight.
There wasn't a huge turnout. It could be that this is one of the "lessor days" of protest (compared to the anniversary of the Iraq war, for example). Also, I'm thinking with Obama in office, and a deadline for Canada to end combat operations in Afghanistan, there's a lot less popular anger about Canada and U.S. military policy.
The reporter is with NUTV (University of Calgary Television).
These are some of the people that the City authorities are trying to protect us from. Who knows what would have happened if the the police and bylaw officers didn't show up in strength.
A friendly public pillow fight was planned for Tomkins Park (17 Avenue and 8 Street SW) in Calgary on Saturday, April 4, 2009 (International Pillow Fight Day). The City found out and warned organizers that they had to get a permit or they would be fined and/or arrested. So, officially it was cancelled, but some people showed up anyhow, and generally kept the "fight" to the side walk. There was a signficant police and bylaw officer presence, but they seemed to sit back, and let a small number of people do a little pillow fighting, without incident.
Someone who showed up for the pillow fight is interviewed by reporter Katie Schneider. She wrote for the Calgary Sun about the pillow fight in "Pillow case hits street" and the unrelated anti-war demonstration (not seen here) at the same place and time in "Protesters decry Afghan war".
Well, actually there were no feathers at all. Zero mess was made, that I saw. It wasn't very cold, but it was cold enough to wear a coat, so it showed some committment to the cause to dress in sleepwear on this day.