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Vigils to support Sheehan protest


Cindy Sheehan's protest has become a lightning rod for debate
More than 1,000 anti-war vigils are to take place around the United States in support of a bereaved mother protesting outside President Bush's Texas ranch.
Cindy Sheehan, 48, has become a focus for anti-war sentiment since her protest began in Crawford 10 days ago.

But the vigils come amid growing tension between dozens of activists and locals who object to the disruption.

Ms Sheehan's camp is moving to land nearer the ranch after an offer by one of Mr Bush's neighbours.

She has vowed to stay put during the president's month-long holiday at his ranch until he agrees to meet her.

Shotgun incident

Ms Sheehan, whose eldest son, Casey, was killed in action in 2004, wants Mr Bush to withdraw US troops from Iraq.

The president has so far refused to agree to her request to meet him, although he says he has given her plea for troop withdrawal serious consideration.

White House officials say Ms Sheehan has met the president on a previous occasion, and made her views known then.

Demonstrators said they would start moving their tents, anti-war banners and portable toilets to the new site on Wednesday and hope to have the new camp set up in time for a dusk candlelight vigil.

The vigil will be one of about 1,000 organised by liberal advocacy groups Political Action, TrueMajority and Democracy for America around the country.

Up to 1,000 people are expected to attend a Washington vigil to be held near the White House.


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