Anti-war protests in the Bay Area

March 19, 2009 7:29:55 PM PDT
As the Iraq War wrapped up its sixth year Thursday, protesters took to the streets in San Francisco and around the Bay Area. They say they do not want people to forget that the war continues and is not yet over.

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Earlier Thursday afternoon, one group of protesters, led by Daniel Ellsberg, the man who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1971, blocked Market Street in by lying down in the middle of the street. After blocking traffic for about 30 minutes, 15 of the protesters were cited and released by police. Shortly after, several of the protesters, including Ellsberg returned to the street and they were again removed and then detained.

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"Being a child of the 60s and being so angry about the Nixon illegal bombing of Cambodia and with Daniel Ellsberg here, I was so inspired to sit beside him and to get arrested with him," protester Diane Hartman said.

Another group put boots on display at a San Francisco BART station to commemorate some of the Bay Area soldiers that have died in Iraq.

In Berkeley, about 50 protesters descended on a Marine recuiting center and then later staged a die-in at Sproul Plaza.

Around 5 p.m., the anti-war group Iraq Veterans Against the War blocked Market Street near UN Plaza. They planned to stand for 4,259 seconds; one for each soldier killed in the war. The group was removed by San Francisco police shortly after their protest began.

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