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Two Dozen People Arrested in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience at the White House


Two Dozen People Arrested in Nonviolent Civil Disobedience at the White House, Including Cindy Sheehan, Former Diplomat Ann Wright, and Grieving Father Juan Torres

2000 US Deaths in Iraq is 2000 Too Many; It’s Time to Bring the Troops Home

Washington, DC – In the tradition of Mahatma Gandhi and Marin Luther King Jr, some two-dozen people participated in a nonviolent civil disobedience action today at the White House to express their deeply held belief that the US needs to change course in Iraq. Those arrested included Cindy Sheehan, whose son Casey was killed fighting in Iraq in April 2004; Juan Torres, whose son Juan Manuel Torres was killed fighting in Afghanistan; and Ann Wright, a former career US diplomat and military officer.

The arrests took place while over 600 peace events were held in 49 states to honor the more than 2000 US service members killed in Iraq and call for the troops to be brought home from Iraq.

Sheehan said, “There comes a time when we have to break a small law, like sitting down in front of the White House, in order to point out a greater law that’s being broken. I can’t imagine a greater law being broken than a war being waged in our name, whose justifications have proven to be false, and yet goes on and on anyway, taking the lives of thousands of people.

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