March 20th, 2010
05:49 PM ET
13 years ago

Anti-war protesters rally near White House; 5 arrested

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Anti-war protesters took to the streets of Washington on Saturday."]Washington (CNN) - Chanting "We are the change," hundreds of anti-war protesters gathered across from the White House on Saturday, the seventh anniversary of the war in Iraq.

More than a dozen speakers, including politician Ralph Nader and anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan, addressed the crowd before the group marched through Washington. Protesters delivered symbolic coffins draped with international flags to the offices of Halliburton - a controversial energy services company once helmed by former Vice President Dick Cheney - and the White House.

Police arrested five people after they laid down by the coffins in front of the White House.

"Is the honeymoon over with that war criminal in the Oval Office?" yelled Sheehan during the rally before the march, to shouts of agreement from the crowd. "Why are we giving him a free pass when he didn't deserve it?"

Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, became a household name in August 2005 for protesting outside of former President George W. Bush's Texas ranch. She is now camping out on the grounds of the Washington Monument in an effort to draw attention to her cause.

Saturday's crowd carried signs including "Indict Bush now" and "We need jobs and schools not war."

An Iraq war veteran burned a small American flag on stage while shouting "this is not my country."

Nader called Bush and Cheney "fugitives from justice," while arguing that military action in Iraq and Afghanistan was creating a new generation of enemies against the United States.

Some called for greater funding for education and other priorities, echoed by those attending the rally.

"War is bankrupting this country," said marcher Lisa Savage, who had traveled from Maine where she says her local school district is more than $1 million short on its budget.

"Just a few minutes of the war could pay for that," she said.

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  1. Arlen

    Get your facts right, over 8 people were arrested and this uncivil, mind numbing, horrendous protest. The fact that CNN rushed to cover this in a positive light is absolutely distasteful and disgraceful.

    March 20, 2010 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  2. Arlen

    Not one mention of Sheenan calling Obama a war criminal. Probably doesn't fit CNN's publishing policy rule #1: "Don't publish anything bad about Obama unless you can link it to Bush era."

    March 20, 2010 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  3. Arlen

    Was there a protest in front of the capitol building today? I thought I heard something about it but CNN hasn't mentioned it all day. Just wonderin...

    March 20, 2010 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  4. Bob True American

    And the right wing wacko Republicans are no where to be found, why did you not go after Bush you nuts when you could have, but nooooo completely silent when he was bankrupting this country. Typical nutty republicans.

    March 21, 2010 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
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