Updated: Jun 16
200 block, King Street West
The invite went out just before 10 o'clock. I grabbed a jacket and my phone. I didn't dare carry a camera without press credentials, but I had a fully charged phone and a backup battery so I felt prepared.
Being new to Acheron, I was unaware that "King Street West" refers to an entertainment district, and is not simply the West end of King Street. The mix up set me back nearly 20 minutes. By the time I arrived, there was a group of 25-30 protestors milling about in the center of the street.
On either side, trendy bars and restaurants with pretentious names like "Foggy Dew" and "Aroma" were filled with people enjoying a warm Friday evening. They seemed aware but uninterested in the gathering in the road, and I can't say I blame them.
The teens and twenty somethings had donned the obligatory, non-descript black clothing and strapped on their masks and backpacks, but they weren't doing a great deal of protesting. They were just standing there, talking amongst themselves and gazing curiously at their surroundings. It was like watching a bad house party with no music and not enough booze.