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Anniversary of Iraq invasion spurs Vermont protest, praise

By Kathryn Casa | Vermont Guardian

posted March 19, 2006

RUTLAND — They came from across Vermont, across generations, and across the political spectrum.

Nearly 300 people lined some four blocks of a busy Main Street intersection on Saturday. From Burlington, Middlebury Springs, St Johnsbury, Londonderry, Windham and parts beyond, they converged in sub-freezing temperatures with signs, quilts, costumes, hats, flags — anything they could think of to voice opposition to the war and, in many cases, to call for the impeachment of Pres. George Bush.

Devoid of fanfare earlier in the day, and two hours north of the rally, Gov. Jim Douglas met with reporters to talk about his recent trip to Iraq, Kuwait and Afghanistan as part of a Pentagon-sponsored trip last week, and praised the work of Vermont's troops.

While support to bring the troops home was evident at the rally, it was clear there was little support for the person who put them there.

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