Skip to comments.Anti-war rallies today on both coasts (Free Republic mentioned)
Posted on 10/25/2003 9:25:37 AM PDT by kattracks
WASHINGTON (AP) ? Hundreds of anti-war protesters rallied Saturday in the capital, urging an end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq and demanding that President Bush bring home American troops.
Under a bright sun on a cool fall morning, protesters waved anti-war signs as they listened to songs of peace. Some placards read: "Make Jobs Not War," and "Bush is a liar."
Organizers predicted more than 30,000 people would turn out for the rally and a march in the afternoon that would circle the White House and the Justice Department. Thousands more were expected later in the day for similar demonstrations in San Francisco.
Before the rally at the Washington Monument, about 200 protesters played songs, listened to drummers and rallied for peace in a park about 20 blocks north of the White House. Bush was spending the weekend at Camp David in Maryland.
Carolyn Boyd, one of the leaders of Black Voices for Peace, urged the crowd to be enthusiastic about peace and do everything possible to ensure they are heard.
"We must be relevant, we must be counted, and the only way we can be counted is if we stand up together as one," she said. "We will say 'no' to war and 'yes' to peace. We will say 'no' to injustice and 'yes' to justice."
Gabriela Bulisoba, 29, of Mount Rainier, Md., had her dog, Wobbly Joe Hill, wearing a T-shirt that read: "Pooches Against War."
"What's being done to the Iraqi people is not only illegal but immoral," Bulisoba said.
U.S. Park Police said protest organizers have assured them there will be no violence.
"It's going to be a peaceful demonstration. They're going to get their word out, and we're going to try to make it so they can," said Sgt. Scott Fear, a Park Police spokesman.
Sponsoring the protests were International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) and United for Peace and Justice.
"The U.S. government has no right to try and recolonize Iraq," said Peta Lindsay, national youth and student coordinator for ANSWER.
To counter the anti-war demonstrations, the Washington chapter of Free Republic, an independent grass-roots conservative group, planned a rally Saturday at the Capitol, where organizers expect about 1,000 people.
"We support our troops and the commander in chief and their mission," said Kristinn Taylor, co-leader of the group.
Associated Press writers Jesse J. Holland and Elizabeth Wolfe in Washington and Mielikki Org in San Francisco contributed to this report.
Anti-war rallies today on both coasts (Free Republic mentioned)
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On 10/21/2003 6:43 PM PDT with 119 comments
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On 10/20/2003 8:25 PM PDT with 121 comments
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