July 1st, 2007
04:57 PM ET
11 years ago

Protesters march near Bush compound

KENNEBUNKPORT, Maine (CNN) - Close to a thousand protesters took part in a large march ahead of Sunday’s meeting between President Bush and Russian President Putin at the Bush family compound.

Demonstrators gathered in Kennebunkport, carrying signs against the war and calling for the impeachment of Mr. Bush. Some protesters wore orange prison jumpsuits against Guantanamo Bay, and had black chains and masks. At one point, a group put up a 7-foot replica of the Statue of Liberty, There were some signs against Putin, but most of the protest centered on US politics.

Protesters rallied and marched to a checkpoint near the Bush family compound at Walker’s Point. A group of about 50 stayed at the checkpoint before moving. A heavy police presence was in the area, including officers in riot gear. 3 people were detained from crossing the checkpoint. Several counter protesters also turned out, but overall the protest was peaceful and there were no serious incidents.

- CNN's Erika Dimmler and Steve Brusk

Filed under: President Bush
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  1. Tom Z, Florida

    OK, so we turn tail and run away from the terrorists in Iraq. Then Al Qaida takes over like Hamas did after the Israelis left Gaza. Then The WMDs will be moved back from Syria and Iraq becomes a very active training ground for terrorists. No such thing as "terrorists"? Ask the Brits!

    July 1, 2007 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. Gary Chavez

    Please read it all and you will see what we are thinking about out here in America outside of Wsahington.
    Are you owned and control by Rupert Merdock ? Did he give substantially to the Republican Party ? Is he publishing books for several Republican congressmen and senators. Have they passed legislation and tax breaks that benefit him ? Is this conflict of interest and buying votes in congress and the senate ? Will charge be brought against the politicians for selling the influence ? Isn't this bribery ? Will Justice prevail where are the ethics in this system of government to benefit the rich and make the rest of us poor. No longer watch you station or anything controlled by Richard Murdock. Lou Dobbs and Ross Perot represent the American people who not the richest 30% who still approve of the Bush Administration and the Government in Washington. We the People vote and if government is representing the rich industrialist and Lobbyist from foreign country's they do not represent the majority of the American people.
    The Republican party enabled Bush with the tax breaks for the rich oil company's, policy's written by the pharmaceutical and oil rich industrialist and trade tax break's that encourage our industry's to relocate overseas. That's what Cheney is doing while in office and does not want the public to see , we pay him and want open government in the sunshine, He works for us and we want him fired a long time ago. We see them for what they are we are not as stupid and as big a fools to believe there words and spin.We here in American pay the taxes and they are not working for us the working class in Washington.The contractors in Iraq are over charging us and need to fined out of business and suspended from doing business with the government they are lying thief's of our tax money and we want them out of business and bankrupted to pay us fines for there cheating us. Then suspended them from ever doing business with the government again no matter how they reorganize or who the bribe in congress.
    We will remember this at election time no amount of spin (lies) will change this now. Say good bye to the republican [arty and hello to the peoples party for redistribution of wealth and tax burden. Oh bye the way we vote no on the giving the fast track trade authority to Bush and his father and Cheney and Halerburton have used us enough to profit from this war. Send the Executive branch and legislative branch to the front lines and see how much they are for war then with there brave speeches. You will not get my son for your failed policy's and spin. Sending Countlisa Rice to buy good press in Israel and North Korea only make American look like rich fools to these lying con artist. Hey there no better than our own government. We know what to vote them all out over and over until we get some honest de sent ones who represent the majority of Americans the working class. They do not fool us we are just hard to anger but now we have been awakened. Giving up a secret agents name in time of war is treason en prison Cheney and Bush if they have broken laws. Build the wall now, enforce the laws now,period end of story.It's our money and what we want. Bush took a oath to do that when he swore in. Not to lie about terrorists and WMD's. The planes were full of Saudi and the Saudi Government is financing large Mosque in Canada that teach radical Islam, we do not care if Bush and Halerburtion have been paid billions by the Saudi. They are all in support of terrorism Bush gave then something to join together and stop killing each other and that is the destruction of America. Let the rich fight them now we are just poor slaves like the Mexicans and Chinese, it doesn't matter which government uses us Some of the other country's have free medical better standards of living and treat there citizens better than the rich who control this government. They have giant workers union that stop the rich from controlling there government and there politicians and have honesty and ethics.
    I should write a book would Rupert publ.ish it if I gave him some special tax breaks like Trent Lott. Here are some talking points for your talk shows this is how the baby boomer are thinking and feeling 160 million of us and many country's oversea's hate Bush and the rich republicans control capitalist government here. What happened in Russia the rich destroyed the middle class. Time for Tea Party. Everyone I know feels the exact same way as I do but we are only the working poor. If you want to know how the people feel listen to Lou Dobbs he speaks the truth and so do I, we can see thru lies and spin they are not that bright in Washington just bold liars and criminals who think they can fool us. What really worry's me is China we have already lost before the first shot is fired they have the industry, technology and military, They control the Panama Canal we are already beat. Several Years ago when the military was right sizing who was behind that? Cheney, Cohen, They sold us out and our troops are paying with there lives and several deployments to the war. Right sizing yea right sure they studied it from the bottom up and now where are we a few years later win one hold one don't see it happening .With all the executive and think tanks and the pentagon planners. Time to fire all of them as a matter of fact long over due they are out of touch. I was in service and could see it was a big mistake and China looming.They kicked out there most experienced troops about 10 to 15 years ago when they were right sizing. It's the solders in the field who die for there mistakes in Washington, We should send in the politicians first and the rich who never serve and benefit from the wars there bought off politicians start. No more it's time for the peoples party that represents the real Americans who do not have there company's in some post office box over seas to not pay taxes, We are ready for a change now! like yesterday over 100 million of us American tax paying citizens and even many country's oversea, want them gone now, only the rich your represent supports your still being there three days a week. Pay raise your fired is more like it pack now and leave ! You are not approved of you are hated and does it take 220 million Americans and other people from all around the world to come to Washington on your door steps to get the picture, the republicans supported him the Canadian was right when he said after meeting Bush he is stupid and spoiled I don't care what his mommy says leave my boy alone. He is costing our child lives. Let the gynecologist practice there love what Idiot he said. No Stem Cell research I do not practice the same religion as he does politics and lies. It is good for the people of the world science moves on if not here else where, China, Japan his religion he is a lying criminal responsible for thousands of deaths to revenge his father and make money for his supporters. Iraq and Iran were fighting each other and now they have all joined to fight us how smart a move was that, I guess very smart they don't have to fight they just get rich of supporting and supplying the wars.
    I am moving to Argentina and let someone else children die for these rich industrials to make a buck and these bought off politician failed foreign policy's. By the way the WMD's are in Iran, North Korea and China. I have stood on there borders defending this country so I know where our enemy's are I did not have something better to do like when Mr. Cheney spoke about his not being in Vietnam. Bush rich spoiled social promoted not to bright, arrogant rich kid who always has gotten his way. Answer he talk brave put him on the front line and watch him cry and pee his pants. Where's mommy and daddy to pay my way.Bush senior not a war hero ! just a young inexperience pilot who got shot down and lived unfortunately for this country. They were right he is the devil and instrument of Armageddon he has started the end there are to many Muslims that hate us now and they are no longer fighting amount them self's and Saudi in quietly behind it. All for the filthy rich to make another buck. No lies here, only the truth that's why I am right. Think about what I have said it is all true no matter weather you want to believe it or not and I am right. So let your High paid Texas woman mouth peace put a spin on this. I am the one who has ended fighting for this country and was lucky to survive and now the politicians have done it again. I've got a idea you go to the first lines and tell me how much it is worth ? Is it worth the lives if so you go be the first one in line and not send someone else for your point of view or words lets end your gene pool now you are the worthless ones cowards who cause wars and cost lives to make themselves richer and there suck ups who support them.You need to reap what you sow and maybe in the next life you will. There are tens of thousand of lives on your blood hands women and children they are a day flight away. The people who are not rich making money on wars see it differently than those politicians in Washington, got any children or grand children you want to donate to the cause of the rich industrialist republican party that represents 30% at most of the tax paying citizens of the country, lets send your kids to war.

    July 1, 2007 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
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    July 1, 2007 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  4. Tom Z, Florida

    OK, so we turn tail and run away from the terrorists in Iraq. Then Al Qaida takes over like Hamas did after the Israelis left Gaza. Then The WMDs will be moved back from Syria and Iraq becomes a very active training ground for terrorists. No such thing as “terrorists”? Ask the Brits!

    July 1, 2007 11:21 pm at 11:21 pm |
  5. Steve, Overland Park, Kansas

    Nearly a thousand protesters against Bush and a "several counter protesters"... sounds like a majority! Wish I could have been there. Much as I agree we should impeach Bush for his war crimes, we really ought to impeach Cheney first; as if we were to impeach Bush Cheney would declare martial law.

    July 1, 2007 11:43 pm at 11:43 pm |
  6. Mike, Corpus Christi Texas

    The protestors are just exercising their right to freedom of speech and expression which is one of the great things about this country! The right of 'free assembly'. As long as the protests remain peaceful, no one should complain. Acually, I'm surprised that bush hasn't tried to revoke that right, even if it means he'd have to take on the US Constitution to do it. He certainly has the Supreme Court Justices he needs to support the denial to 'free assembly.'

    At least it's a good thing for Putin to see such protests, despite no more Soviet Union; as even peaceful protests in the Russian Federation aren't always tolerated.

    July 2, 2007 07:40 am at 7:40 am |
  7. NYC, NY

    Yeah, Wake Up!

    July 2, 2007 08:08 am at 8:08 am |
  8. Mike, Corpus Christi Texas

    Give it a rest tom, you're spouting the same old bush rehetoric, and people are tired of hearing it. There is no such thing as cut and run from the terrorists. That's a civil war over in Iraq between at least 7 major tribal factions including Iranian, and US troops are caught in the middle of the conflict. Sure Al Qaeda is there, but they are now everywhere in the world, largely due to the 2003 invasion of Iraq. Your 'stay the course' attitude wears thin by the day!

    July 2, 2007 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  9. Anonymous

    YES that is right. Impeach him! Fraud and intentionally misleading people about the WMD threat in order to justify the invasion.

    It had nothing to do with terrorism TOM.

    Several insiders such as former Alcoa CEO who was on the Bush cabinet and Clarke who was the anti-terrorist czar have claimed Bush / Cheney wanted war with Iraq BEFORE the 9/11 attacks.

    July 2, 2007 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |