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Global Marijuana March in Stuttgart on 7th of May 2016 !!!

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I just found this at a local head-shop near me:

Global Marijuana March in Stuttgart Saturday, 07 May 2016, begins at 13 o'clock at the Börsenplatz!

I'll see you there!

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OK, time to start gathering...

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Here are some pictures I took while in the march.

We gathered together first at the Börsenplatz.  The organizers had set-up a small podium with microphones and speakers.  Occasionally, the speakers would excite the crowd, leading them in yelling slogans, but for most of the time, reggae music could be heard.

The march is registered and licensed, so of course the police gathered too, their job to protect the marchers, but equally to be ready to take on any trouble-makers from among the marchers if they turned to violence.  But that never happened.  The march was peaceful the entire time.

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In the immediate area of the marchers, the police remained in groups of 6 to 12 or so.

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The organizers allowed plenty of time for stragglers to join-in.  There had been normal traffic jams and other generally slow traffic in Stuttgart, so the planned delay was helpful to many.  At about 13:40, the organizers called the group to draw closer and then the march began.

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Just now leaving Börsenplatz:  The police escorted us along the entire route.  Motorcycles and marked cars led the parade controlling the traffic while phalynxes of police followed us along both sides of the street.  Police in phalynx left or right marched in columns of from 6 to 12 or so, while there were other police in groups of 3 or 4 who did not march.  There were many persons with cameras, including ununiformed police photographing us.  I photographed back.

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Among the marchers were a number of noise-makers.  Plastic hand-clappers, loud whistles, etc. and there were a number of boom-boxes, either hand-carried or pulled behind on a cart.  I read in a pamphlet somewhere that the organizers had encouraged the individuals to create their own signs and slogans.

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Motorcycles and police cars up front.  People with cameras.

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The police column can be seen in the shadows marching on the sidewalk.

From time-to-time, as the march would pass by some businesses, the organizers would also shout encouraging slogans favorable to the particular businesses.  I remember that the Samsung store received a favorable shout-out.

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Lots of beautiful people in the march and along the route.

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"Parents encourage Legalization!"

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Eventually the march reached this main square in Stuttgart.  I'm not sure what it is called.  Nice park, well maimtained monuments and grounds.

From my vantage-point (near these empty flag-poles), I took this series of pictures, panning left.

In this corner of the great square (where the orange "Piraten" flag can be seen standing) is where the march ended, but the party began.  Loudspeakers with music were set-up.  Many of the marchers spread themselves out throughout the grounds on the grass or under the shade trees mingling among the gathering public.

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And the public was certainly gathering.  The numbers of people continued to grow throughout the afternoon.

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I continued to photograph the architecture and people around the square.

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People kept pouring in from all corners of the square.  Maybe this was a "Star-march" (march from many different starting locations to assemble here at one point).

Over there in this corner, emminated some nice Turkish music.  Some of the marijuana marchers also wandered over there, and many of the people from that corner wandered over to the hemp party.

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Wearing my Green House Hoodie Zip-up loaded with Cannabis-friendly political buttons and my green StrainHunters cap, I was hoping to meet any GHSC/Strain Hunters who might recognize the markings.  Sadly, I met no one from our Strain.

So, I went on a walk-about to photograph more of the monuments and people.

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The grass surface filled-up more and more with people and blankets.  Sunshine and temperature was perfect.

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In the distance is a tower of some sort, possibly a restaurant and television transmitter.  In the foreground-left is the back side of the monument for Koenig Wilhelm (King William I of Wuerttemberg).  erected 1846

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City buses were also running, bringing even more of the city's citizens.

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It reads:

DEM TREUESTEN FREUNDE
SEINES VOLKES

KOENIG WILHELM

DEM VIELGELIEBTEN

WIDMEN DIE STAENDE WUERTTEMBERGS

DIESES DENKMAL

ZUR FEIER

SEINES XXV JAEHRIGEN

REGIERUNGS JUBILAEUMS

DEN XXV OCTOBER MDCCCXLI.

 

 

 

 

THE TRUEST FRIEND
OF HIS PEOPLE

KING WILLIAM

THE MUCH LOVED

WIDMEN DIE STAENDE WUERTTEMBERGS

THIS MONUMENT

TO THE CELEBRATION

OF HIS 25th YEAR OF REIGN

25th OF OCTOBER MDCCCXLI.

 

 

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There were of course plain-clothes police walking among us.  Mr. Orange here walked always alone with an earbud in his right ear.

In this picture, our march had entered the sqquare from the right and proceded to the left to its place in the corner.  Notice the collection of police cars along the  walls of the building in its courtyard.

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The music from the Turkish corner was attractive.  Many of the marchers and others from the city gathered in this corner to enjoy the vibes and the sunshine or shade.

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A shot looking back across the park at the corner with the Marijuana Marchers.

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Here are the Turkish musicians.  A few minutes later, the musicians stopped playing music and a white-haired speaker appeared.  It seemed as if he was preaching in Turkish or Arabic.  The crowds around here dispersed when he began his preaching.  Many returned to the grass and the fountains and to our continuing party in the opposite corner of Schloßplatz.

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The march was completed, but the party was continuing, and would continue presumably into late afternoon.  I decided to drive back home; on the way back to the car, I noticed that some parking garages had been decorated with various forms of street-art celebrating the party-atmosphere, as well as some paintings by children.  Here are some photos.

and the end of this small journal.

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