Once at the consulate, the entrance door was "redecorated" with various anti death penalty posters, leaflets and other literature. Several members of the press were present including a cameraman from Scottish Television and reporters and photographers from the Herald and Scotsman Newspapers.
The demonstrators stood on the steps and listened to a moving speech about the injustices of the death penalty and about a number of specific cases such as Mumia Abu Jamal and Kenny Ritchey, a man from Edinburgh who is currently on death row in Ohio.
An American flag was burned by one of the protestors as the others shouted and cheered.
The demonstration then moved back towards the centre of town, where we paused to demonstrate outside the Disney shop, a well known U.S. run business. Some of the protestors entered the Disney shop and wnadered around handing out leaflets to shoppers.
The demonstration continued to march along Princes Street, still chanting, making a noise, handing out several hundred leaflets and collecting signatures on a petition. When we reached Castle Street, several demonstrators were stopped by the police and asked to give their names. One demonstrator who refused (legally) to give her name, was seized violently by the police and detained before being released without charge.
A number of the protestors who avoided the police, continued to the American Express shop on Princes Street, and continued to hand out leaflets and obtain signatures for the petition.
Saturday 5th July - The Herald (national Scottish newspaper) carried a report of the demonstration featuring a large colour photograph of the flag burning.