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Anti-war protesters converged on Washington over the weekend (courtesy: Michelle Malkin)
Cindy Sheehan, the California woman who became an anti-war activist after her son was killed in Iraq, was arrested today during a protest in front of the White House.
Sheehan, 48, was with several dozen demonstrators who sat down on the sidewalk after marching on Pennsylvania Avenue.
Police, who took Sheehan into custody first, made arrests after warning the protesters three times they were breaking the law by failing to move along, the Associated Press reported.
As police led Sheehan to a vehicle, protesters chanted, “The whole world is watching.”
The Vacaville, Calif., woman, whose son Casey was killed fighting insurgents in Iraq, launched an anti-war movement last month when she camped outside Bush’s Crawford, Texas, ranch and demanded to meet with the president, drawing national media attention.
The demonstration today, organized by the umbrella group United for Peace and Justice, drew several hundred demonstrators who marched around the White House chanting, “Stop the war now!”
Coinciding with the demonstration, anti-war groups sent representatives to Capitol Hill to urge lawmakers to help end the war and bring home the troops.
Sheehan came under fire last month after WorldNetDaily broke the story that she had called enemy terrorists “freedom fighters.”
“But now that we have decimated the country,” she said, “the borders are open, freedom fighters from other countries are going in, and they [American troops] have created more terrorism by going to an Islamic country, devastating the country and killing innocent people in that country.”
A new Rasmussen poll found Sheehan is viewed favorably by 31 percent of Americans.