- The Washington Times - Friday, September 28, 2001

Anti-war protesters, armed with permits to assemble tomorrow at Lafayette Park, have changed their plans because the U. S. Secret Service has barred demonstrations near the White House over the next 30 days.
Secret Service agents said any protest activity in Lafayette Park, for decades a popular demonstration spot across the street from the White House, is restricted.
"We are trying to provide a responsible area of security for the White House complex, as well as maintain our ability to enact additional security measures," said Secret Service Agent Brian Marr.
White House spokeswoman Jeanie Mamo recently told The Washington Times that the president does not oppose protests.
The demonstrators, led by the International Action Center (IAC) an anti-war/anti-globalization advocacy group will now assemble at Freedom Plaza, at 14th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue NW, then march along Pennsylvania Avenue to the U.S. Capitol.
The ban was established after the District and the National Park Service issued permits to the IAC on Sept. 21 allowing up to 10,000 protesters to assemble tomorrow in Lafayette Park.
The permits were issued hours after President Bush declared a war on terrorism in a nationwide broadcast, catching some law enforcement officials off guard.
Speaking to reporters at the National Press Club on Monday, protest organizers said they had expected to attract "thousands" to the anti-war protest at the park.
An IAC spokesman yesterday declined to comment about the restriction on demonstrations around the White House.
Many among the war protesters expected to attend the rally on Saturday are anti-globalization demonstrators, who spurred concerns about security for the now-cancelled meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank.
After those meetings was cancelled, the action center which backed a group that was part of last year's raucous and at times violent protests at a IMF-World Bank meeting in the District decided to hold an anti-war demonstration instead.
Still, organizer Brian Becker promised a "lawful, orderly, disciplined demonstration" and armband-wearing peacekeepers will make sure the rally remains orderly.
The peacekeepers also will offer protection from counterdemonstrators, who may seek to disrupt the unpopular message of the protest that misguided U.S. policies spawned the terrorists that struck the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon on Sept. 11, Mr. Becker said.
Also keeping an eye on the protestors will be uniformed Secret Service agents, U.S. Park Police officers and Metropolitan Police Department officers.
If the protesters show up in the numbers indicated on their original permit at least 5,000 people from IAC and up to 3,000 from the Green Party they will be met by a "large contingent" of civil-disturbance unit officers specially trained in crowd control, said Sgt. Joe Gentile of the Metro Police Department.
* Brian DeBose contributed to this article, which is based in part on wire service reports.

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