March 12th, 2008
02:08 PM ET
14 years ago

Iraq protesters arrested in Senate gallery

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.

- CNN's Ted Barrett and Lisa Desjardins contributed to this report.

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soundoff (9 Responses)
  1. nick

    Bring our Boys and Girls HOME NOW. How many more must DIE?

    March 12, 2008 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  2. Shannon, Charlottesville, Virginia

    god bless these brave, enlightened souls.

    impeach and convict the bush administration.

    bring the troops home now.


    March 12, 2008 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  3. Nobillary Andobama

    They are idiots....everyone knows you don't wear black to dress up like a ghost!!!


    March 12, 2008 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  4. Mad in Texas

    They're just OBAMA's muslim pals come to get the White House ready for destruction. HILLARY 08

    March 12, 2008 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  5. Nobillary Andobama

    They are pathetic...if you don't like the war then protest the policy.

    Cutting off funding will only serve to put our troops in harm's way by inadequately resourcing them to do their job. Our troops don't get to choose whether they like the war or not...they just carry out the policy.

    Hopefully they are just a few of those Code Pink wackos, who are very anti-military. I would hope that this is not representative of mainstream Democrats???

    March 12, 2008 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  6. anonymous

    This is the proof that if Hillary is in the White House she will not let anything like this happen. She'll make us safe. I am for safety, support, and smart decisions which will help our country.

    March 12, 2008 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. Grif

    Put them on the first boat out!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    March 12, 2008 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  8. Darth Vadik, CA

    God bless them, we're all talking, but they are the only ones doing something about it.

    March 12, 2008 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  9. Tim, Boston MA

    Throw all the co-conspirators of the war against humanity out of their office into the prison, come next election!!!!!

    March 12, 2008 07:06 pm at 7:06 pm |