Arrests at DC Antiwar Protest

From the Washington Post:

Dozens of demonstrators, many of them Christian peace activists, were arrested outside the White House late last night and early this morning as part of a protest against the war in Iraq.

About 11:30 p.m., police began handcuffing the first of about 100 protesters who had assembled on the White House sidewalk to pray in a planned act of civil disobedience. …

Those who were arrested had been among almost 3,000 people who assembled at the cathedral at 7 p.m. for a rousing, emotional service that lasted more than 90 minutes.

Participants, whom the cathedral staff numbered at 2,825, heard speakers including Celeste Zappala of Philadelphia, whose son was killed in Iraq in 2004.

“I am here tonight as a witness to the true cost of war,” she said, “the betrayal and madness that is the war in Iraq.”

“We lay before God the sorrow that lives in all of us because of the war,” she said.

Last night’s procession was sponsored by Christian Peace Witness for Iraq.

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