1,200 demonstrate against Iraq War in Oakland

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More than 1,200 people slogged through Oakland this afternoon to mark the fourth anniversary of the Iraq War.

Demanding an end to the occupation of Iraq, hundreds of people crowded the streets of Oakland while insisting that U.S. troops be withdrawn from Iraq. Armed with a new set of issues, organizers and rally members chanted "healthcare not warfare" and "education not occupation."

The protest, which was organized by the Thomas Merton Center, was relatively peaceful. One person was arrested when he disrupted speakers and was loud with police officers near the Islamic Center in Oakland.

Iraq War veterans, spoken word artists and activists took turns regaling the crowd with anti-war messages. Protestors stopped briefly in front of Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute to admonish the school's involvement in developing software for the military.

More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.



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