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    Protesters Meet Outside White House Demanding End To Iraq War

    Protestors meet outside White House demanding end to Iraq war

    http://rawstory.com/news/afp/Protest..._09152007.html

    Published: Saturday September 15, 2007

    Thousands of protestors gathered in a park outside the White House Saturday demanding an end to the war in Iraq, the return of US troops, and the impeachment of President George W. Bush.

    The crowd of protesters, numbering between 4,000 and 6,000, then marched under a clear sky toward the US Capitol building. Many waved placards that read "Support our troops, stop the war," and "Impeach Bush."

    Phil Aliff, 21, marched wearing his camouflage uniform jacket as part of a group called Iraq Veterans Against the War. Aliff first arrived in Iraq in July 2006.

    "I stayed there for a year, in Abu Ghraib and outside Fallujah. When we arrived, we were told we were here to bring stabilization to the country," said Aliff.

    "But we were not rebuilding anything. The Iraqis had only two hours of electricity. And I saw the atrocities committed by the Americans there."

    Aliff spoke days after the top US general in Iraq, David Petraeus, testified before Congress, giving an optimistic report on conditions in Iraq and the effectiveness of the US president's "surge" strategy of adding more US troops to the fight.

    "General Petraeus's report is incredibly far from the reality on the ground," said Aliff.

    Another marcher, Diane Santoriello, held a photograph of her 25-year-old son Neil, lost in Iraq on August 13, 2004. "I am here to get Congress to defund the war," she said.

    "The vast majority of Iraqi people want the US and other foreign forces out of the country," said Brian Becker with the ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War End Racism) coalition, the group organizing the march.

    "The vast majority of the people in the US want the war ended and the troops brought home now," he added.
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    Was Bush even there? 6,000 is a fucking insult. People are idiots. 600,000 or 6,000,000 would be more like it. But here I sit, knowing I should be there also. And there lies the problem.

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    Remember, there may have been more. The "press" likes to scale down the numbers. However, I doubt they were off by 500,000+.
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    More than 150 arrested at Iraq protest

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...n/5137965.html

    By MATTHEW BARAKAT Associated Press Writer
    Sept. 15, 2007, 5:01PM

    WASHINGTON — Thousands of protesters marched Saturday from the White House to the Capitol to demand an end to the Iraq war, leading to the arrests of at least 150 people.

    Many of the protesters were arrested without a struggle after they jumped over a barricade near the base of the Capitol. But some grew angry as police attempted to push them back using large black shields and a chemical spray. Protesters responded by throwing signs and chanting: "Shame on you."

    Before arriving at the Capitol lawn, the demonstrators marched on Pennsylvania Avenue holding banners and signs and saying, "What do we want? Troops out. When do we want it? Now."

    Counterprotesters lined the sidewalks behind metal barricades. There were some heated shouting matches between the two sides.

    At the Capitol lawn, some protesters lay down with signs on top of their bodies to represent soldiers killed in Iraq.

    The protesters gathered earlier Saturday near the White House in Lafayette Park with signs saying "End the war now" and calling for President Bush's impeachment. The rally was organized by the ANSWER Coalition and other groups.

    Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan told the crowd is was time to be assertive.

    "It's time to lay our bodies on the line and say we've had enough," she said. "It's time to shut this city down."

    Army veteran Justin Cliburn, 25, of Lawton, Okla., was among a contingent of Iraq veterans in attendance.

    "We're occupying a people who do not want us there," Cliburn said of Iraq. "We're here to show that it isn't just a bunch of old hippies from the 60s who are against this war."

    About 13 blocks away, nearly 1,000 counterprotesters gathered near the Washington Monument, frequently erupting in chants of "U-S-A" and waving American flags.

    Retired Air Force Lt. Col. Robert "Buzz" Patterson, speaking from a stage to crowds clad in camouflage, American flag bandanas and Harley Davidson jackets, said he wanted to send three messages.

    "Congress, quit playing games with our troops. Terrorists, we will find you and kill you," he said. "And to our troops, we're here for you, and we support you."

    Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., made a surprise visit to the counterprotest, which was organized by Gathering of Eagles, a nationwide nonpartisan organization founded this year by Vietnam war veterans.

    "We're a people of faith, courage and fidelity," said Hunter, a 2008 presidential candidate. "It's for this generation that we will win this war on terror."
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    hehe, they were outnumbered at least 5 to 1? What does that tell ya?

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