Police arrested 189 demonstrators yesterday as thousands converged on Capitol Hill to protest the war in Iraq. Hundreds staged a "die-in" in what was generally a trouble-free protest until police used chemical spray on some demonstrators attempting to scale fences in front of the Capitol, reports the Washington Post. Ten Iraq war veterans were reportedly among those arrested.
An opposing rally of Vietnam veterans and a local conservative group demanded support for troops and insisted the war could be won. The march opposing the war was led down Pennsylvania Avenue by some 50 veterans, many of them in fatigues, who served in Iraq.