D.C. antiwar march draws thousands on seventh-anniversary of
By Katherine Shaver
Sunday, March 21, 2010; A03
Thousands of demonstrators protested the seventh anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of
Other protesters said they wanted to contrast the financial cost of the wars with money needed for health care, job growth, and cash-strapped local governments and school systems.
"A huge part of the antiwar movement has been focused on the Bush administration and its policies in
The march started at
Becker said those arrested included antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan and members of an
Stretching about four blocks, the marchers left cardboard "coffins," which were spray-painted black and draped with Iraqi and Palestinian flags, on sidewalks in front of Halliburton's offices and The Washington Post. Group leaders said they were protesting the military contractor's "profiting" off the wars and The Post editorial board's positions on the wars.
Demonstrators left poster-size "foreclosure notices" at the front door of the Mortgage Bankers Association's building, saying its members' "predatory" lending practices had led to a "landslide of foreclosures." The group also stopped at the Veterans Affairs Department to highlight what leaders called "woefully inadequate treatment" of returning veterans.
Carrying signs saying "Healthcare not warfare" and "Drop tuition, not bombs," the group shouted "Money for jobs and education, not more war and occupation!" and "Troops out now!" as construction workers and tourists looked on. At Halliburton, protesters ripped apart a dummy of former vice president Richard B. Cheney and trampled the pieces.
There were no counter-protesters. Police closed part of the sidewalk in front of the White House about 12:15 p.m. after prohibiting members of
Claire Papell, 21, a senior at the State University of New York at New Paltz, said she was disappointed in the turnout.
"My tuition is going up and people are suffering, and all this money is going toward war," Papell said as protesters gathered in
Larry Syverson, 61, a geologist from Richmond, said three of his sons have served a total of five tours in
"All we hear about right now is health care, and a big issue for the public is money and jobs," Syverson said. "All these discussions are going on about these issues. People need to be reminded that there are two wars we're fighting and our loved ones are over there."
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