Washington DC police pulled the plug on a free show by The Cranberries
at the outdoor Sylvan Theater near the Washington Monument, declaring
the seemingly peaceable crowd of several thousand to be "an unsafe
situation." Not surprisingly, police actions turned the peaceable crowd
ugly. The cops were showered with debris. Mounted police then charged
the crowd, as helicopters and additional ground forces were summoned.
An audience member caught in the middle told the NME, "In a
farcical fashion, the cops turned their mounties loose on the wild mob
of teenage skateboarders, co-eds, suit-and-tie yuppies and suburban
moms, like we were post-earthquake looters or something. It was a
sickening experience, completely botched. It escapes me how anyone
could possibly believe there was a problem at a love-fest like this
one. The most unsafe thing about the show was the pollen count." Any
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