WASHINGTON (CNN) – Capitol Police arrested at least two anti-war demonstrators in the Senate gallery Wednesday after they interrupted the chamber's proceedings to demand an end to the war in Iraq.
The demonstrators - dressed in black pants and shirts with white veils over their heads - proclaimed themselves "ghosts of the Iraq war." They called on senators to cut off funding for the widely unpopular conflict, now nearly five years old.
They began their protest as Arkansas Democrat Blanche Lincoln was calling for an additional $50 billion for the Veterans Benefits Administration to speed services for troops returning from combat. The Senate was forced to adjourn briefly as police removed the demonstrators.
"Hopefully, the passionate pleas we make here on the floor of the Senate can be seen as passionate as many we witness - some here today, and certainly others," Lincoln said after the chamber resumed business.