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Protest Outside U.N. as Bush Speaks
New Yorkers demonstrate their opposition to Iraq war
Ronda Hauben (netizen2)     Print Article 
Published 2006-09-21 04:10 (KST)   
The U.S. anti-war movement had a small victory on Tuesday. While President Bush was inside the U.N. addressing the General Assembly, the Rev. Jesse Jackson stood outside the U.N. addressing a gathering of several hundred anti-war protesters, "We deserve better leadership We are a better nation than our leadership. We are a better nation than this regime."

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Organizers of the demonstration said 3,500 people were part of the march to the U.N. to protest Bush's policy of continuing the war in Iraq. Grannies Against the War, students, veterans and other peace activists joined the demonstration to express their opposition to the policies that Bush was advocating.

One of the demonstrators carried the rainbow colored flag with the words "Pacem" (Peace), which he explained was a widespread peace symbol in Italy. The use of the flag as a symbol of opposition to the Iraq war has spread elsewhere in Europe. Other demonstrators were dressed in T-shirts with slogans like, "I hated Bush before it was Cool." One sign carried by a demonstrator recommended sending Bush a copy of the U.S. Constitution. Other signs called for the impeachment of Bush. One demonstrator carried a homemade cardboard model of a Humvee to help bring home in the U.S. the feeling of what was happening in Iraq. Others carried posters condemning torture or calling for the troops in Iraq to be brought home.

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The area around the U.N. had been sealed off by the police and only those with a permit or those who lived or worked in the area were allowed access. At first the police had denied United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), the organization sponsoring the demonstration, a permit for the march and demonstration at the U.N. After UFPJ announced publicly that the march would take place with or without a permit, the police informed the organizers that they would be granted a permit. By then, however, it was only four days before the event.

The anti-war demonstration was confined to a small area on 47th Street with metal barriers preventing people from circulating. Another group, this one opposed to the president of Iran, was allowed by police to fill the park next to the anti-war demonstration, creating a confused scene for those who were part of the anti-war protest.

One protester said that there should have been more people at the anti-war demonstration, but that it was good it was happening at all. He said that it would take, however, massive numbers of people demonstrating to get any change in the Bush administration policies.
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