I'm back in Tokyo, but Riding Sun's research assistant, the beautiful and intrepid Dusky, has filed a report from Ground Zero in Manhattan, the site of yesterday's Take Back the Memorial protest against plans to build a "Freedom Center" adjacent to the 9-11 memorial. Below are her photos. (Links open in a new window):
Several of the protesters gave speeches. Michael Burke, whose brother, FDNY Capt. William F. Burke, Jr., was killed by the falling towers, said:
Nobody is coming to this place to learn about Ukraine democracy or to be inspired by the courage of Tibetan monks. They’re coming for Sept. 11.Edie Lutnick, sister of Cantor Fitzgerald CEO Howard Lutnick, who lost 658 employees in the attacks, added:
When you come to the WTC site, you will not be immersed with 9/11. You will be met with world politics. No one who has come to the WTC site in the last almost 4 years has asked about world politics. Why? Because it is not the appropriate place. If you want world politics, go to the U.N. 9/11 is about 9/11.As I noted earlier, I think the U.N. would be an ideal location for the proposed Freedom Center. Ground Zero, simply, should be a place where Michael Burke, Edie Lutnick, and all of us can honor the dead.
Jeff Jarvis has a more detailed report.