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Jan 31

Reaction to Protest Action

Pittsburgh protest demonstrated conviction; Bush should listen
by The Tartan Editorial Board

"This weekend, thousands of students and local residents protested the impending war against Iraq, showing their solidarity with a series of marches, speeches, and sit-ins."

Peace rally was successful because it remained peaceful

"Unless you fell asleep on Friday afternoon and didn’t wake up until Monday morning, you are aware that Pittsburgh hosted a peace rally that many have called the largest in about 30 years. Dubbed the ‘Convergence’ by its organizers, the weekend-long rally featured a parade through the South Side on Saturday and a similar march through Oakland Sunday afternoon. Responses to the gathering have been mixed, generally divided along lines of support or opposition to possible war with Iraq."

War protest is anti-American
by JOHN MARTIN

"Sunday was a day of protest throughout Oakland as thousands of demonstrators took to the streets to march against a war with Iraq. Creating a circus-like atmosphere, these activists were trying to send a message to the American people that war against Saddam is ill-considered. At least that was what the demonstration was supposed to be about. In reality, the parade along Forbes Avenue illustrated anti-Americanism at its ugliest. Protesters attacked the U.S. government with slogans that were on par with simple nursery rhymes. Most chants and signs featured ad hominem attacks against President Bush (e.g. ‘Bush eats pubes’) that were downright offensive. Such childishness does little to advance the cause of peace, but I don’t think the protesters care."

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