Hundreds of people called the Bush administration's policies
a crime and held up yellow police tape in front of the White
House on Thursday amid a nationwide day of protest against
The 500 demonstrators were among many who gathered for
similar events in more than 200 cities to protest Bush
on issues ranging from global warming to the war in
"We are turning the corner in
bringing forward a mass movement of resistance to drive
out the Bush regime," said organizer Travis Morales with
the activist group World Can't Wait.
Some dressed in costume, including a
hooded prisoner in an orange jumpsuit, a devilish
rendition of President Bush and two grim reapers. One
man wore a red cheerleader outfit with "Radical"
emblazoned on the jersey.
The demonstrators held up yellow
police tape along a three-block stretch in front of the
Thousands of protesters clogged New
York City's streets as they marched from the United
Nations headquarters. Some people lay down in the middle
of the street, while others carried signs saying "Expose
9/11" and "This war should be over." They also handed
out fliers reading, "Drive out the Bush regime."
Lydia Sugarman, 82, of Manhattan,
said she believed in the power of demonstrating.
"That's how we got our civil rights,"
she said. "If we didn't protest we wouldn't be
White House spokeswoman Nicole
Guillemard defended the administration's Iraq policy.
"Our constitution guarantees the
right to peacefully express one's views. The men and
women in our military are fighting to bring the people
of Iraq these same rights and freedoms," she said. "The
president believes it is important to stay on the
offense in Iraq."
World Can't Wait was founded in 2005
and has organized several marches since then, including
a nationwide protest coinciding with Bush's State of the
Union address in January, according to the group's Web
site. Supporters listed on the site include Edward Asner,
Ed Begley Jr. and Jane Fonda and activists such as the
Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Rev. Al Sharpton and Cindy
In Seattle, a person carrying a rifle
wrapped in a blanket was among five people arrested. The
charges against the other people ranged from resisting
arrest to assault.
"They're still investigating to
determine what that person was doing with the rifle,"
said Seattle Police spokeswoman Debra Brown.
The march through Seattle's streets
was peaceful as protesters chanted, waved signs and wore
costumes mocking administration officials. One woman
dressed as a pageant queen with a sash that read, "I
In Portland, Ore., at least 10 people
were detained because they did not follow police
instruction to get out of the street during a protest
march through downtown.
Cathe Kent, a police spokeswoman,
said one person, 26-year-old Christopher Knudtsen, also
faced a charge of attempted assault for trying to attack
a police officer.
An estimated 800 people, mostly
college age, chanted "Impeach Bush" and carried signs,
including one that read: "We Can't Wait for 2008."
Hundreds marched in Los Angeles,
carrying caskets draped in U.S. flags to a federal
courthouse, where protesters held a mock marriage of
church and state.
In Asheville, N.C., dozens of
University of North Carolina students walked out of
classes. In Chicago, thousands of people flooded
Michigan Avenue waving anti-Bush signs.
"We are at a defining moment for this
country and our people," said World Can't Wait's Rick
Strandlof in Reno, Nev.