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[Photo Essay] Day marks the 5th anniversary of the Iraq war
Joan Dawson (joanied40)     Print Article 
Published 2008-03-20 13:22 (KST)   
Police keep protesters in line. Riot gear was not used today.
©2008 Joan Dawson
Five years ago today the Iraq war began. The cost has been high: $500 billion dollars to pay for the war, nearly 4,000 Americans killed and more than 90,000 Iraqi lives lost. America has also lost its credibility and reputation in the world. Many Americans would like to see an end to the war. Today was their chance to demonstrate that.

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Over 1,400 groups staged nonviolent events in the city today. This morning, protesters blocked the streets to disrupt traffic. They protested outside the Internal Revenue Service, where 32 people were arrested.

They had a "March of the Dead," dressed in black and wearing white face masks, silently making their way to the capitol building. They could also be found at the American Petroleum Institute and the Armed Forces recruiting center. They ended with a vigil in front of the White House.

Perhaps today's disruption to the normal routine in downtown DC will serve as a reminder to folks that America is tiring of the war, the senseless deaths and the waste of tax payers' money. Perhaps not. Some pessimistically believe they will be back next year protesting the sixth anniversary of the war.

Protesting outside the armed forces recruiting center as they look upon the crowd.
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Lots of pink today from Code Pink, an anti-war group
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Umbrellas came in handy today for more reasons than one.
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A sign from United for Peace
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"Headquarters" for anti-war protesters today
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Protesters try to block traffic
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The police counteract the protesters, herding them onto sidewalks
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