- The Washington Times - Monday, January 20, 2003

Protesters and police had few complaints yesterday after a weekend of anti-war demonstrations, despite 16 arrests and the injury of an 80-year-old woman.
"It seemed like everyone got their message out, and it was a good day," said Sgt. Scott Fear, spokesman for U.S. Park Police.
The agency arrested 11 women and five men Sunday at Lafayette Park, across from the White House.
Cindy Young, 45, however, said police were trying to minimize the protesters' message by refusing to make arrests.
The Seattle resident was among demonstrators who sat or lay in the middle of H Street on the north side of Lafayette Park. Police dragged and carried them to the sidewalk.
The injured woman was identified as Claire Sinclair of Sandy Spring.
Protestors said that she was given oxygen and taken in an ambulance after getting shoved to the street where she hit her head.
The demonstration in front of the White House yesterday followed an anti-war march Saturday in which tens of thousands from across the nation rallied on the National Mall, then marched east through Capitol Hill.
The crowd of mostly teenagers and young adults chanted as they walked down Pennsylvania Avenue yesterday.
Fourteen mounted police blocked entry of the crowd into the Ellipse, so they turned on 15th Street to demonstrate on H Street, as close as they could get to the White House.
"George [Bush,] Can We Come In?" was written in chalk on the sidewalk by Eighmie Field, 19, of Lansing, Mich.
"The policeman took the chalk from my hands," Mr. Field said. "He said, 'If you do this again, we're going to arrest you.'"
Mr. Field, like most of the demonstrators, wore a scarf and handkerchief across his face to protect him from freezing temperatures and biting wind.
Victoria Gordon, 57, a former English teacher at the University of Southern California, arrived after attending her father's funeral in Florida.
"I came because I disapprove of a war in Iraq," said Miss Gordon, adding that her father was a World War II veteran who felt the same way.
"I'm planning to mobilize a lot more people," said Sarah Tode, 16, a student at Baltimore School for the Arts. "If people know all the facts and background, they will feel the same."
The 16 demonstrators were arrested because they attempted to climb the temporary iron fence into Lafayette Park, according to police. Sgt. Fear said they were arrested on the misdemeanor charge of crossing police lines.
One of those arrested was Kate Berrigan. She said her father, Philip Berrigan, was a World War II veteran.
He became a Catholic priest but left the church and married a former nun. Miss Berrigan said he was later imprisoned for protesting the Vietnam War.
"They opposed the war," said a demonstrator wearing a badge bearing Mr. Berrigan's photo and name.
"We're being told it's a war about Iraq," said Jodi Hiland, 32, a homemaker from Newport, Minn. "It's really about money for Bush and his family."

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