Antiwar Protesters Turn Their Sights on Obama

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Monday, October 5, 2009; 6:41 PM

Anti-war protesters await a rally in front of the White House in Washington October 5, 2009. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque By Garance Franke-Ruta Commemorating the upcoming eighth anniversary of the invasion of Afghanistan, a coalition of antiwar protest groups converged on the White House on Monday to urge a withdrawal from the fighting there and in Iraq. Sixty-one people were arrested, according to protest organizers. Several hundred attended a rally at McPherson Square, which was followed by a procession to the White House. Organized under the umbrella of the National Campaign for Nonviolent Resistance, it was the coalition's first protest of the war in Afghanistan. Antiwar organizers hope it will mark the start of a month -- and a season -- of fresh agitation, after years of seeking an end to the fighting in Iraq. The protests brought out the familiar sign of Quaker antiwar activists, as well as the vivid hues


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