Skip to comments.Protesters call for end to war [DC Chapter defends recruiting office]
Posted on 03/20/2008 2:59:46 AM PDT by Jim Robinson
WASHINGTON Hundreds of protesters fanned out across the nations capital Wednesday to call for an end to military operations in Iraq, but city police reported none of the major civic disruptions organizers had predicted.
The events, scheduled to coincide with the five-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq war, came a few days after pro-war groups marched on the National Mall in support of a continued U.S. presence in Iraq.
Leslie Cagan, co-chair of United for Peace and Justice, said the goal of dispersed demonstrations was to bring awareness to the shock and awe, shockingly and awful occupation in Iraq still.
Small groups of protesters with signs reading Out of Iraq and Bring Them Home wandered outside lobbyists offices on K Street, while about 100 more huddled outside the American Petroleum Institutes main door accusing the oil industry of perpetuating the war.
Another group of veterans and peace activists marched on the National Mall and the National Archives with upside-down flags and anti-war cadences
A group of counter protesters stood outside the Armed Forces Recruiting Center downtown, but said police did a good job keeping the two groups apart.
They didnt let them down this street at all, said Kristinn Taylor, head of the D.C. chapter of Free Republic. [The other protesters] are throwing in their lot with our terrorist enemies overseas, and we just wanted to make sure nothing happened to this center.
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There was a protest yesterday? I wouldn’t have noticed in my regular D.C. commute. There was more interference from school trip groups than from the terrorist sympathizers!
Reminder that these groups are Tools of Communism:
Co-Chair and principal leader of UFPJ is Leslie Cagan, an original founder of the Committees of Correspondence (a remnant organization created by the American Communist Party upon going out of business) and a strong supporter of Fidel Castro since the 1960s; Cagan proudly aligns her politics with those of Communist Cuba.