Hundreds in Washington decry U.S.-led wars, economic woes
October 6th, 2011
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Hundreds in Washington decry U.S.-led wars, economic woes

Washington (CNN) – As anti-Wall Street protests continued across the country, several hundred people gathered Thursday in the nation's capital in a scheduled anti-war demonstration that also adopted new overtones in decrying economic disparities.

Demonstrators first congregated in the shadow of Congress, at its height filling about half of Washington's Freedom Plaza, which is about the size of a city block. Many carried placards and listened to speeches from activists railing against inequality, corporate greed, as well as the American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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  1. karen

    Did they stop by and say hi to Bill Daley, Obama's Chief of Staff, who made $15 million in 2009 as an executive committee member of JP Morgan? bailed out JP Morgan? Wall Street JP Morgan? Presidential golfing partner JP Morgan?

    October 6, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  2. fred ca

    Wow. Hundreds. And they started at congress so they would not upset the chosen one. Another news flash. Thousands underwent potty training today. A smarter group with more intelligent thoughts and a better chance of accomplishment.

    October 6, 2011 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  3. Sniffit

    We're coming for you now. Scared yet?

    October 6, 2011 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  4. diridi

    hundreds will be thousands, then tens of thousands, then hundreds of thousands, so on, so forth, because, GOP idiots GREED caused this for forty years. Learn, it is going to be reality. Not a show, any more. All these times, common man is not affected, now he is...With GOP and Tea Party corruption....learn....do some thing quick....idiots...true, true, true...it is people's pellmell.....

    October 6, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  5. An Observation from North of the 49th

    From where I sit (right on you northen border), it appears to be a spontaneous and legitimate outpring of frustration and anger directed at a system that no longer represents the aspirations of the American people. And yet oddly enough I have been reading posts in many U.S media outlets that insist that these folks are being paid off by the "corrupt" unions, what I'd like to know is where the posters are getting their inside information.

    Whte Rock B.C.

    October 6, 2011 05:38 pm at 5:38 pm |
  6. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @ fred ca: if "the chose one" is a reference to President Obama then you are correct, as, in 2008 the majority of voters chose and voted for him. Go sit down somewhere and have a nice day.

    October 6, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  7. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    @ Karen: no, I don't think they did that. What's your point?

    October 6, 2011 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  8. SOUTHERN HOTTIE

    Hey, GOP/Tea Party:

    WHERE ARE THE JOBS?

    October 6, 2011 05:47 pm at 5:47 pm |
  9. pmk1953

    I'd be willing to bet every one of these posters who complain about the "corrupt" unions, work at a non-union job for slightly above minimum wage, always afraid of getting fired on a wim, jealous of everyone that makes more money and benefits and is more secure in their job. Not to mention better working conditions.

    October 6, 2011 06:37 pm at 6:37 pm |
  10. Lisa P

    The thing I noticed this Spring in Madison: the more the politicians don't listen the louder the people shout. I don't know where this is headed - Madison coalesced around opposition to a specific bill, but this? - but as Russ Feingold said it's going to make the Tea Party look like... well, a tea party.

    October 6, 2011 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  11. Kathy

    "Hundreds".....Now that's funny. I would bet it was more like what we had here in our city. 30, maybe 50 at the most. LOL

    October 6, 2011 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  12. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    Karen: Why can't you wrap your brain around the fact that people are uniting against our common enemy. We don't care what anyone in DC thinks or who they hang out with until they start supporting average Americans instead of the ultrarich who have corrupted our goverment and our once-great version of capitalism.

    October 6, 2011 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  13. BB

    Revolution by the poor for the poor!! we all eat or no one eats at all !! political tsunami on the way,
    Top 1 percent Next 19 percent Bottom 80 percent
    1983 42.9% 48.4% 8.7%
    1989 46.9% 46.5% 6.6%
    1992 45.6% 46.7% 7.7%
    1995 47.2% 45.9% 7.0%
    1998 47.3% 43.6% 9.1%
    2001 39.7% 51.5% 8.7%
    2004 42.2% 50.3% 7.5%
    2007 42.7% 50.3% 7.0%
    Un acceptable!!!

    October 6, 2011 11:11 pm at 11:11 pm |
  14. T'sah from Virginia

    ►karen

    Did they stop by and say hi to Bill Daley, Obama's Chief of Staff, who made $15 million in 2009 as an executive committee member of JP Morgan? bailed out JP Morgan? Wall Street JP Morgan? Presidential golfing partner JP Morgan?
    October 6, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |◄

    I guess Daley will be one of those MILLIONAIRES that will be paying MORE TAXES once the Tax Breaks expire!!! So what do you mean by your post?

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 7, 2011 12:51 am at 12:51 am |