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Anti-bar talk 'distractful' at anti-bar rally, says organizer

Without the anti-proliferation voices that showed up, Sweeney adds, Ragsdale wouldn't have had much of a rally. "Most of those people who were there were from the Soho Alliance," Sweeney says of the turnout (which varied from "about 15" to "about two dozen," depending upon your preferred media report). "I don't know what happened to Imette's friends."

Ragsdale disputes Sweeney's activist count. "There was one guy on a tirade that first night," he says, meaning Sweeney. "Our group is just mothers and fathers and concerned citizens." Ragsdale expects "more of Imette's friends" to show up for future rallies, tentatively scheduled for every Friday night until the Falls' license is revoked.

Sweeney: "Once I got on camera, then I realized, 'Hey, this is a chance you're gonna be on TV.' "
photo: Sarah Ferguson
Sweeney: "Once I got on camera, then I realized, 'Hey, this is a chance you're gonna be on TV.' "

Sweeney, meanwhile, isn't sure how his grandstanding played out to the larger audience. "I don't think Imette's death is really gonna have that much of an effect on oversaturation," he says. Then again, he adds, "maybe the State Liquor Authority will realize that we're not crazy and that there is a problem down here."

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