This is typical. The weather changes. I walk up to Fedex to drop off a print. And I start wandering around with the camera. Nothing much in mind. Mostly doing the usual thing, shooting puddles etc. I like being in the sun. So I need some cash and decide to walk a few blocks to the bank. On the way out, two ways to go -- either uptown or crosstown. I say to myself, this crosstown block is the most boring block there is, so I'll take that route. There's never anything happening on this block.
I walk about half a block and see red flags, and hear chanting on the other side of the street. Something is happening. Cops all over the place. I approach and see a lot of signs in some language I can't read, and a small crowd waving red flags.
A speaker is perched on some steps above the crowd, speaking in a foreign language and someone hands me a flyer. I begin to understand that it has something to do with Albania. But I can't figure out why they are here or what exactly it is about.
I ask the woman who handed me the flyer why they are here -- and she points across the street and says that's where the Albanian Embassy is.
At any rate, I get up behind the speaker and do some shots of the crowd, many of whom are wrapped in American flags.
Here's something from the flyer:
"We, members of the Albanian-American Community, are gathered here today, across the street from the Albanian Mission to the U.N. to voice our opposition to the corrupt and criminal Albanian socialist government.
"The cabinet ministers of the mafia type Albanian socialist government are known to have their hands in the illegal trafficking of migrants from Eastern Europe and Asia to the West, for having their share in the business of exporting drugs and prostitution to Europe, for money laundering...
The situation in Albania is getting worse every day. The country is headed for catastrophe."
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