PEACE THROUGH WORD GAMES
On March 31, 1999 at approximately 3:30pm, Tripper Wilson,
from Mt. St. Helen's, Washington, and Mark Parker, from New York
City, entered Lafayette Park while a demonstration by Kosovars
was in progress, in support of NATO bombing. Their purpose was
to protest against the NATO bombings with a sign that said: "Stop
the Bombs. Drop Food Instead."
Tripper propped the sign against his backpack, momentarily
turned away from it, when an Albanian Kosovar grabbed the sign
and tore it up.
At the same time Tripper noticed that at least half a dozen
Kosovars, men, women and children, were verbally attacking Concepcion
Picciotto, because Concepcion had allegedly referred to Madeleine
Albright as "a bitch."
About a half hour earlier one of the men in the group had
attempted to tear up one of Concepcion's signs.
Although Tripper and Parker complained to Park Police officers
monitoring the demonstration, the police did nothing.
Ironically, while the Kosovars were complaining about Concepcion's
use of the word "bitch," they left an illegal, unattended
sign in the park, which tended to undercut their argument on behalf
of political correctitude.