Saturday, March 17, 2007

Tens of Thousands Denounce Iraq War at Washington Rally

"Tens of thousands of protesters marched in Washington against the Iraq war Saturday, taking their message on placards, "US out of Iraq now," to the Pentagon's doorstep ahead of the fourth anniversary of the US invasion.

"Demonstrators from across the United States gathered in a cold winter day to descend on the US Defense Department offices and decry the conflict that has killed more than 3,200 US soldiers and tens of thousands of Iraqi civilians.

"As war opponents trickled into downtown Washington for the rally, organized by the peace group Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER), Vietnam war veterans wearing black leather jackets and their families gathered nearby for a counter-demonstration.

"Some war supporters confronted the peace activists, tearing up and spitting on anti-war signs while chanting: "USA! USA!"

"Washington police do not give crowd estimates, but an AFP correspondent said tens of thousands of people could be seen at the march.

"War opponents have organized a series of protests against the conflict that started March 20, 2003.


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