War protester Cindy Sheehan arrested

Cindy Sheehan, the American woman whose son was killed in Iraq and who has spurred the anti-war movement in the US, has been arrested while protesting outside the White House.

    Sheehan and others protested outside the White House

    Sheehan and several dozen other protesters sat down on the

    pavement on Monday after marching along the pedestrian walkway on

    Pennsylvania Avenue.

    Police warned them three times that

    they were breaking the law by failing to move along, then

    began making arrests.

    Sheehan, 48, was the first taken into custody. She

    was led to a police vehicle while protesters

    chanted: "The whole world is watching."

    Others who were arrested also cooperated with police.

    Sergeant

    Scott Fear, spokesman for the US Park Police, said they

    would be charged with demonstrating without a permit, which

    is a misdemeanour. 

    Police arrested Sheehan for
    demonstrating without a permit

    Park Police Sergeant L J McNally said Sheehan and the others

    would be taken to a processing centre where they would be

    fingerprinted and photographed, then given a ticket and r

    eleased, a process that would take several hours, he said.

    Sheehan's 24-year-old son, Casey, was killed in an ambush

    in Sadr City, Baghdad, last year. She attracted worldwide

    attention last month with her 26-day vigil outside

    President George Bush's Texas ranch.

    Rally

    She was among several hundred demonstrators who

    marched around the White House on Monday and then stopped

    in front and began singing and chanting "Stop the war

    now!"

    The demonstration is part of a broader anti-war effort

    organised by United for Peace and Justice, an umbrella

    group.

    Representatives from anti-war groups were on M

    onday

    meeting members of Congress to urge them to work to end

    the war and bring home the troops. 

    "I would like to say to Cindy Sheehan and her supporters

    don't be a group of unthinking lemmings. It's not pretty... It gives the enemy hope"

    Mitzy Kenny, whose husband died in Iraq last year and who supports the Iraq war

    The protest following a massive demonstration on Saturday on

    the National Mall that drew a crowd of 100,000 or more, the

    largest such gathering in the capital since the war began

    in March 2003.

    On Sunday, a rally supporting the war drew roughly 500

    participants. Speakers included veterans of the second world war 

    and the war in Iraq, as well as family members of soldiers

    killed in Iraq.

    "I would like to say to Cindy Sheehan and her supporters

    don't be a group of unthinking lemmings. It's not pretty,"

    said Mitzy Kenny, whose husband died in Iraq last year.

    The

    anti-war demonstrations "can affect the war in a really

    negative way. It gives the enemy hope", she said.

    SOURCE: Agencies


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