Thousands of protesters marched through Washington DC Saturday demanding immediate withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq
Up to a dozen demonstrators weer arrested by U.S. Park Police at the end of the march, for laying coffins at a fence outside the White House. Friday marked the seventh anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.
“Activist Ralph Nader told thousands who gathered in Lafayette Park across from the White House that Obama has essentially continued the policies of the Bush administration, and it was foolish to have thought otherwise.” AP reported.
“He’s kept Guantanamo open, he’s continued to use indefinite detention,” Nader said. The only real difference, he said is that “Obama’s speeches are better.”
Former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark who also attended the D.C. rally, called on the Justice Department to investigate the officials who launched the illegal Iraq war.
“Protesters in Washington stopped at the offices of military contractor Halliburton — where they tore apart an effigy of former Vice President and Halliburton Chief Executive Dick Cheney — the Mortgage Bankers Association and The Washington Post offices.” AP said.
Cindy Sheehan was among those who were arrested outside the White House. “Arrest that war criminal!” she shouted, referring to the warmonger president Obama.
Friday March 19th marked the 7th anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.