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Anti-war protests climax with civil disobedience
By Benjamin Dangl and Brendan Coyne | Special to the Vermont Guardian
posted September 28, 2005
WASHINGTON — Capping three days of anti-war action in the nation’s capital — the largest anti-war protest since the Vietnam Era — law enforcement officers arrested hundreds of people who took part in nonviolent civil disobedience (CD) on Sept. 26 in front of the White House. U.S. Park Police said approximately 370 people were arrested for protesting without a permit. Activists put their freedom temporarily on the line to pressure the Bush administration into immediately withdrawing troops from Iraq.
CD participants had organized before the event through the anti-war coalition United for Peace and Justice (UFPJ), which asked people to sign up via their website in order to network with other activists and receive information on legal issues and nonviolence.
Many organized themselves into “affinity