Spirited downtown protest marks third anniversary of Iraq War
Thousands of anti-war protesters took to the streets in Portland and around the world last weekend, marking the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq with demands that coalition troops leave immediately.
A crowd estimated to be in excess of 10,000 gathered in Tom McCall Waterfront Park Sunday to listen to a slate of speakers and then march along a winding route through downtown Portland. The crowd, a wide cross-section of ages, races and faiths, carried homemade signs, beat on drums and chanted to signify their opposition to the war.
The Rev. LeRoy Haynes of Allen Temple CME Church was among the speakers at the rally. Haynes drew connections between the alleged purpose of the Iraq War — establishing a democratic government in Iraq — and the erosion of civil liberties and voting rights that has taken place in the United States under the Bush administration.