CANNONS SCARE THE HELL OUT OF MONSANTO PROTESTERS!
A 21-cannon salute to Texas’ fallen soldiers on Saturday created chaos on the Capitol’s south steps, where hundreds of people had gathered to protest the agriculture company Monsanto.
Despite Saturday’s heavy rain, Austin’s March Against Monsanto attracted about 1,000 people. Photo by Timothy Mota.
Monika Mota, who works for the Austin Center for Peace and Justice and organized the local March Against Monsanto, said a Texas Department of Public Safety trooper told her the cannons would be fired just moments before the blasts were heard. She was given a five-minute warning, she said, but didn’t get a chance to warn attendees in time.
“He said they were fired faster than he expected,” said Mota. “There was someone singing, and I thought I had more time. It was awful; people started running, because no one knew what was happening.”