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Troop Increase for Iraq Sparks Protest

Tens of thousands of protesters gathered on the National Mall on Saturday in what U.S. News described as an "icon of the Vietnam War protest movement."

According to the Star Tribune, the protest was peaceful as participants demanded complete withdrawal of troops from Iraq. About 300 protesters attempted to rush the Capitol but were stopped by barricades and police officers on motorcycles.

Sources say that speakers at the movement included the Rev. Jesse Jackson, Representative Dennis J. Kucinich of Ohio, a Democratic candidate for presidency in 2008, and Representative Maxine Waters, a Democrat of California. Also present was Jane Fonda, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins.

Another speaker was Moriah Arnold, 12, of Harvard, Mass., who organized a petition drive at her school in order to protest against the Iraq war.

I found it interesting how both Associated Press and Ian Urbina of the New York Times emphasized the amount of people who showed up for the protest march. I think they did this to distinguish this protest from the many others that have taken place regarding the Iraq war but have been on a smaller scale.