Sunday, March 19, 2006

War Protests Mark Anniversary of Iraq War
About 100 local peace activists lined the Casco Bay Bridge on March 19th to demonstrate against the war in Iraq, on the third anniversary of the start of the war. The protestors carried American flags and signs calling for an end to the war and the impeachment of President Bush. The demonstration was the second one on the bridge within a week.

Many of the protestors then marched from the bridge to a rally in Monument Square, where a total crowd of about 200 gathered to hear music, poetry and political speeches. Among the speakers was 1st District Congressional candidate Dexter Kamilewicz, who called for an immediate withdrawal of US troops from Iraq. His son Ben is currently serving with the National Guard in Iraq.

Former Green Party gubernatorial candidate Jonathan Carter called for Bush's impeachment. US Senate candidate Jean Hay Bright also called for an end to the war, and Maine State Senator Michael Brennan spoke about how the war was draining resources away from Maine that would support programs such as health care, care for the elderly, and education.


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