Hundreds of anti war protestors carried mock coffins and dropped them off in front of the White House, near lawmaker offices and defense contractor offices on Saturday to mark the 12-year anniversary of the start of the Iraq War.The event was entitled “Spring Rising” and was organized by the Answer Coalition. The demonstration was characterized as an anti-war intervention.
According to one of the event’s organizers, Cindy Sheehan, President Obama has expanded the U.S. war footprint “to more countries than even Bush.”
She continued to say:
With the new authorization to use military force being requested by the President to Congress, it was urgent to come to Washington, D.C. We’re in opposition to that.
Sheehan’s son was an Army specialist who died in 2004 while serving in Iraq.Speakers at the event voiced their concerns about U.S. involvement in Afghanistan and Iraq. They also condemned the President’s drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen and Somalia.
The anti war demonstration was peaceful and no one was arrested.