Times Square Stood Still as Anti-War Protesters Layed Down

On December 16th, anti-war protesters marched on Washington DC to protest the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Their protests were organized by Veterans for Peace, which coordinated several other demonstrations at major cities around the United States on the same day.

The protesters planned civil disobedience at major public venues. In New York, they congregated in front of the Times Square Military Recruitment Center at 44th Street and Broadway. Protesters ranged from 80 year old grandmother to Iraq war veterans in their 20’s.

After a picket march singing songs for peace, protesters stood in the street arm in arm. They brought traffic to a halt and sprung the NYPD into action. Several of the protesters were arrested, many of them in their 60’s and 70’s. But each said it was worth it because this was for something in which they deeply believe.

In their words, “the wars must end and our troops must come home.”

What do you think of the current United States policies regarding the Afghanistan and Iraq wars?

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