Volume 74, Number 27 | November 10 - 16, 2004

War Resisters march again from ground zero

While many New Yorkers were too stunned to act on the first day after the election, about 80 War Resisters League members marched in a solemn procession from the World Trade Center to the Stock Exchange on Wall St., carrying mock body bags in protest of the Iraq war. Five held a sit-in in front of the Stock Exchange’s entrance and were arrested for disorderly conduct. Two others were also arrested, one when he crossed a police line. The War Resisters protested at the Stock Exchange because they feel some of the corporations listed on the Exchange — such as Halliburton, Lockheed Martin and Titan — are war profiteers, and because these and other corporations contribute money to both the Republican and Democratic parties, representatives of both of which authorized the war. On Aug. 31, during the Republican National Convention, 700 to 1,000 people tried to march in a W.R.L. procession from ground zero to Madison Sq. Garden for a die-in, but police arrested 227 of them as they set out, charging them with disorderly conduct. On Oct. 6, Manhattan District Attorney Robert Morgenthau dropped all the charges.

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