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Protesters gather at the state capitol to protest war in Iraq

DENVER ” Hundreds of people showed up at the Colorado Capitol in Denver on Saturday from noon until 1 p.m. to protest America’s war with Iraq and all future violence.

“Besides cold, they’re (the protesters) mostly feeling hopeful, and there’s a lot of swelling momentum to turn Bush around and bring the troops home, which would probably offer more stability to Iraq than the things we’re doing,” said Walt Keisel from Denver. “This whole thing is a farce; it has been from the beginning. As an exercise in empire, it’s about the clumsiest takeover of a country that anybody’s seen in recent history. The Iraqis have seen invasions (consistently) over the last six to 10,000 years, right? Usually someone wants to come in and set themselves up as the new receiver of taxes.”

The skies were gray and snow fell moderately as people held signs, yelled, honked and sang for world peace.

“I’m here because I think war is never the answer,” said Marcie from Evergreen.

The protest occurred in synchronization with other protests across the United States, including much larger anti-war gatherings in New York, Los Angeles and at the nation’s capital in Washington D.C. where an argument between the organization United for Peace and Justice and the District of Columbia’s police force is occurring regarding the number of people in attendance. The police say less than 100,000, while the organization says there were more.

The people gathered and demanded for President Bush to end the war.

Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Jane Fonda, Sean Penn, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Reps. Kucinich, Waters, and Woolsey, Bob Watada and many others spoke at the event in Washington.

“Silence is no longer an option,” Long-time war protester Fonda said in a report by the Associated Press. “I’m so sad we have to do this ” that we did not learn from the lessons of the Vietnam war.”

“They (the Iraqis) say they haven’t seen a worse invasion since the Moslem wars came through, who really only wanted to loot and rape and burn and not build an empire. That’s what they compare us to, and we’re inciting them. We’re pissing them off,” said Keisel.

For more information about United for Peace and Justice, visit http://www.unitedforpeace.org.

United for Peace and Justice and the Associated Press contributed to this story. Andrew Harley can be reached at aharley@summitdaily.com, or by calling (970) 668-4625.