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Anti-War Protesters Arrested Near White House

Anti-War Protesters Arrested Near White House

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Mar 19, 10:09 PM EDT
Anti-war protesters arrested nearWhite House
By ERIC TUCKERAssociated Press
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WASHINGTON (AP) -- More than 100anti-war protesters, including the man wholeaked the Pentagon Papers, were arrestedoutside the White House on Saturday indemonstrations marking the eighthanniversary of the U.S.-led war in Iraq.The protesters, some shouting anti-war slogans and singing "We Shall NotBe Moved," were arrested after ignoring orders to move away from thegates of the White House. The demonstrators cheered loudly as DanielEllsberg, the former military analyst who in 1971 leaked the Pentagon'ssecret history of the Vietnam War that was later published in majornewspapers, was arrested and led away by police.In New York City, about 80 protesters gathered near the U.S. militaryrecruiting center in Times Square, chanting "No to war" and carryingbanners that read, "I am not paying for war" and "Butter not guns."Similar protests marking the start of the Iraq war were also plannedSaturday in Chicago, San Francisco and other cities.The demonstration in Washington on Saturday merged varied causes,including protesters demanding a U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq andAfghanistan as well as those supporting Bradley Manning, the jailed Armyprivate suspected of giving classified documents to the website WikiLeaks.One chant that was repeated was: "Stop the War! Expose the Lies! FreeBradley Manning!"Manning is being held in solitary confinement for all but an hour every dayat a Marine Corps brig in Quantico, Virginia. He is given a suicide-proof smock to wear to bed and is stripped naked each night. On Sunday, aprotest will be held in Quantico, outside the brig where Manning is beingheld.Ellsberg has publicly defended Manning, calling him a "brother," andWikiLeaks.Hundreds of protesters attended the rally and marched around the WhiteHouse, but the crowd - which included many military veterans - thinnedconsiderably as the U.S. Park Police warned that they'd be arrested if they didn't move. As officers moved in with handcuffs, one protester whoclutched the gates outside the White House shouted, "Don't arrest them!Arrest Obama!" and "You're arresting veterans, not war criminals!"Authorities said 113 protesters were arrested, processed and givenviolation notices for disobeying an official order. They could pay a smallfine and be released, or be freed with a future court date."The majority were cooperative," said U.S. Park Police spokesman DavidSchlosser. "A couple had to be carried, but altogether a polite and orderlycrowd."One military veteran who showed up for the rally was Paul Markin, a64-year-old retired U.S. Army colonel from Lynn, Mass., who said he'sfrustrated by what he sees as the U.S. government's escalation of thewars. He said he's been against wars since coming home from Vietnam."Ever since that time, I've gone to the other side. Instead of a warrior, ananti-warrior," Markin said.Ralph Nader, a consumer advocate who's unsuccessfully run several timesfor president, attended the demonstration and said anti-war protestersneeded to continue putting pressure on government leaders. He said hebelieved most Americans and even soldiers agreed with the views of theprotesters"I believe they reflect the majority opinion of the soldiers in Afghanistan,"
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Nader told The Associated Press. "This is a majority opinion movement."There was little talk at the D.C. protest of the U.S. missile strikes againstMoammar Gadhafi's forces in Libya on Saturday, part of an internationaleffort to protect rebel forces.But the Times Square demonstration that was meant to mark the eighthanniversary of the Iraq invasion quickly became a protest againstSaturday's military strikes.Gary Maveal, 57, a law professor from Detroit who was visiting the cityfor a conference, said he feared the Libyan attacks would become a"quagmire."" We don't have a good record of getting out of anywhere in a hurry," hesaid.Joan Davis, 79, of Manhattan carried a sign that said, "War is stupid." Shesaid she felt Obama had rushed to attack Libya, and that the U.S. actionwould breed more contempt for the United States in other parts of theMiddle East.U.S. Rep. Charles Rangel , D-N.Y., joined the protesters, saying he wasangry that Congress was not consulted before the military strikes. He saidhe was undecided on whether the military action against Libya wasjustified."Our presidents seem to believe that all we have to do is go to the U.N.and we go to war," Rangel said as a large television behind him at therecruiting station showed an advertisement for the Air Force with crewsloading missiles onto fighter jets."Going to war is not a decision that presidents should make," he added.----Associated Press reporter Chris Hawley in New York City contributed tothis story.© 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may notbe published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.Learn more about ourPrivacy PolicyandTerms of Use.
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