Iraq war protester Sheehan arrested
Cindy Sheehan Arrested During Antiwar Protest
by Ryan G. Murphy and Emma Vaughn
LA Times Staff Writers
11:24 AM PDT, September 26, 2005
WASHINGTON - Cindy Sheehan, whose protest camp outside President Bush's vacation home in Texas became a focal point of the antiwar movement this summer, was arrested today outside the White House at the head of a civil disobedience campaign intended to dramatize the opposition to the war in Iraq.
On the third day of demonstrations that brought tens of thousands of opponents to the war to Washington on Saturday, a much smaller group sat down in front of the executive mansion, after being refused an opportunity to meet with a White House staff member.
Before Sheehan, 48, was arrested, she took a picture of her son, Casey, who was killed in an ambush last year in the Sadr City section of Baghdad, from around her neck and tied it with a pink ribbon to the tall, wrought iron fence that surrounds the White House.
As police moved in on the protesters, the demonstrators sang Amazing Grace, This Little Light of Mine, and other songs.
U.S. Park Police spokesman Sgt. Scott R. Fear said, "it's a peaceful demonstration. We are going to take our time arresting them." The demonstrators were given three warnings, after which they were arrested for demonstrating without a permit.
On Capitol Hill, meanwhile, other opponents of the war sought to lobby members of Congress to withhold funding for the military operations.
Mimi Kennedy, an actress who is chairing Progressive Democrats of America, and several others under the banner of Code Pink and United for Peace and Justice, spent the day seeking to argue their case before Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and other Democrats.
Cindy Sheehan Arrested at White House
By TO Staff
t r u t h o u t | Perspective
Monday 26 September 2005
Cindy Sheehan, along with several well-known figures, has been arrested at the front gates of the White House in Washington DC. Sheehan had attempted once again to gain an audience with George W. Bush; again she was refused. Sheehan and her supporters then proceeded to sit down and pray at a restricted point in front of the White House. She and many others have been arrested.
Those who have been arrested with her include Cindy's sister Dee Dee, former state department official Ann Wright, Michael Berg, the father of slain US contractor Nick Berg, Media Benjamin of Code Pink and many veterans and their family members.
Informant: John Calvert
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