Anti-war protesters across the country and around the world gathered Saturday to mark the four-year anniversary of the war in Iraq. The Washington, DC march, sponsored by A.N.S.W.E.R. (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), assembled at the Lincoln Memorial and crossed the Potomac to rally at the Pentagon.
Among the marchers were Iraq War veterans, Gold Star families, and CodePink. Signs with titles like “Impeach Bush for War Crimes” and “Visualize Impeachment, Save the Country” were abundant. Among the speakers at the Pentagon was Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson, who called for the end of fighting in Iraq and the impeachment of Bush. Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan also spoke, saying, “we’re here in the shadow of the war machine.”
Ramsey Clark, founder of ImpeachBush.org was also among the protestors and spoke in support of impeaching President Bush, saying, “The president and vice president committed high crimes and misdemeanors. How many crimes do they have to commit? How long does this have to go on?” CNS News reports.
A similar message was sent last week during Valerie Plame’s hearing, when CodePink members wearing shirts with “Impeach Bush” positioned themselves directly behind Plame, broadcasting their message to television viewers everywhere.
Saturday protests also took place in other cities; protestors marched in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Diego, Portland, New York and Hartford, Connecticut. Overseas, thousands marched in Madrid calling not only for US withdrawal, but also for a prompt closing of the terrorist suspect prison in Guantanamo Bay. Similar protests also took place in Greece and Turkey.