Sort of disguised

Sort of disguised
Many of the anti-racist protesters wore masks, to protect their identity. Given the violent record of the Aryan Guard that's somewhat understandable. But, personally, I see masks as a false sense of security. People have a right to wear them as a political statement or even a fashion statement (which some seemed to be). But, I really don't think they hid anybody's identity. A number of protesters would even take the masks off, then put them back on, as though they would return to "anonymity".

A view against racism

A view against racism
Taken at an anti-racist rally outside City Hall in downtown Calgary on Sunday, March 21, 2010. The ARA (Anti-Racist Action) was countering the Aryan Guard, which previously would stage a 30-60 person "white pride" march on this day of the year, but this year, just had a few random people show up (none in this particular picture).

No, you’re not looking in this backpack

No, you're not looking in this backpack
The police, particularly this officer, asked a number of people to search their backpacks and bags. A signficant portion agreed to do so. But, the woman on the left steadfastly refused his initially "friendly" request, and the progressively tougher bullying attempts. He was obviously unhappy, but was also very careful to stay within the technical limits of what he's allowed to say and do.

What would make a good picture?

What would make a good picture?
In the Calgary community of Hillhurst, activists rallied against racism in general and the Aryan Guard specifically. The protest started on Kensington Road, is seen here marching along 10 Street NW, and wound up shortly after at Riley Park. The event was organized by Anti-Racist Action (ARA) Calgary.