Iraq war protesters arrested at IRS

Protesters at the IRS.
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Tom Walker/Eyewitness News

Washington - The fifth anniversary of the start of the Iraq war had protesters in the streets Wednesday. In Washington, DC, about 30 people were detained by police at the IRS building.

At 13th and L Streets in downtown Washington, protesters marched in the streets, expressing their opposition to the war in Iraq. Police directed traffic around a sit-in in the middle of the street.

"Now almost 4,000 have died in battle, patriots all, and all without rights," said Lori Perdue, who is an Air Force veteran from Indianapolis.

Perdue says she saw from the beginning the war was a mistake. "I was afraid for my brothers and sisters in uniform that they would be giving their lives and bleeding and the sacrifices made by their families," she said.

Perdue was moving from street to street, as were most of the other protesters.

Earlier in the day, some were arrested at the IRS. Down the street, supporters of the war had their own message for the protesters.

"I think a lot of people need to get a job, if you get my drift," said one supporter.

After five years, these demonstrations have become an annual event. But now it's not the war but the economy dominating the headlines. Still, on this day, the war's critics said five years is long enough.

About 150 people marched today in Washington. Anti-war demonstrations are also planned here in Indianapolis. Residents and members of say they will honor the sacrifice of American soldiers killed in Iraq. A vigil is scheduled for 7:00 pm Wednesday at 10 West Market Street.

Other local rallies also plans a candlelight vigil Wednesday night at the Muncie City Hall and expects as many as 150 people to attend. Bloomington will host several events, starting with a peace march on the Indiana University campus at 4 p.m. Christian Peacemaker Teams member Hilary Scarsella will then give a speech at Sample Gates on the edge of the IU campus.

More speeches will follow at a rally during which the names of Indiana soldiers and Iraqi civilians killed during the war will be read. People also will be encouraged to write messages to U.S. Rep. Baron Hill, urging the Indiana Democrat to end the war.