Cops Arrest 160 at Iraq Protests

Demonstrations staged across the US on war's anniversary
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 19, 2008 11:40 PM CDT
A man picks up a stone with the name of an Iraqi civilian killed during a protest in Hartford, Conn.    (AP Photo/Jessica Hill)
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(Newser) – Police arrested more than 160 protesters today at demonstrations across the US to  mark the fifth anniversary of the launch of the Iraq war, Reuters reports. More than 100 were arrested in San Francisco alone, where demonstrators staged a "die-in" and disrupted busy Market Street. About 30 were arrested in Washington, where activists tried to shut down the IRS building to highlight the war's cost.

Demonstrators marched down the National Mall chanting, "Bush and Cheney, leaders failed, Bush and Cheney belong in jail." In New York, the Granny Peace Brigade gathered in Times Square with their knitting and demanded the troops be brought home. "We're out here to show people that this war is madness," said one. "We never should have gotten into this war in the first place."