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Protesters call for end to Iraq War on invasion's fifth anniversary

Posted: March 16, 2008 2:13 a.m.
Updated: May 17, 2008 5:02 a.m.
A woman displays the number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq since March 2003, during a march in Hollywood Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the war. A woman displays the number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq since March 2003, during a march in Hollywood Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the war.
A woman displays the number of U.S. military deaths in Iraq since March 2003, during a march in Hollywood Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the war.
A young woman flashes the peace sign following a moment of silence during a rally Saturday commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War. A young woman flashes the peace sign following a moment of silence during a rally Saturday commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War.
A young woman flashes the peace sign following a moment of silence during a rally Saturday commemorating the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War.
War protesters at Saturday's march in Hollywood brought myriad handmade signs, bearing a variety of slogans. War protesters at Saturday's march in Hollywood brought myriad handmade signs, bearing a variety of slogans.
War protesters at Saturday's march in Hollywood brought myriad handmade signs, bearing a variety of slogans.
Ron Kovic, a Vietnam War veteran and author of "Born on the 4th of July" addresses a crowd of war protesters Saturday outside the CNN building on Sunset Boulevard. Ron Kovic, a Vietnam War veteran and author of "Born on the 4th of July" addresses a crowd of war protesters Saturday outside the CNN building on Sunset Boulevard.
Ron Kovic, a Vietnam War veteran and author of "Born on the 4th of July" addresses a crowd of war protesters Saturday outside the CNN building on Sunset Boulevard.
A man holds a makeshift sign during Saturday's march to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War. A man holds a makeshift sign during Saturday's march to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War.
A man holds a makeshift sign during Saturday's march to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War.
A man in an Arnold Schwarzenegger marches down Hollywood Boulevard Saturday to protest the Iraq War. A man in an Arnold Schwarzenegger marches down Hollywood Boulevard Saturday to protest the Iraq War.
A man in an Arnold Schwarzenegger marches down Hollywood Boulevard Saturday to protest the Iraq War.
A woman cheers as a crowd of about 1,500 protesters marches down Sunset Boulevard Saturday. A woman cheers as a crowd of about 1,500 protesters marches down Sunset Boulevard Saturday.
A woman cheers as a crowd of about 1,500 protesters marches down Sunset Boulevard Saturday.
Protesters march down Hollywood Boulevard Saturday as part of the ANSWER Coalition's rally to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War. About 1,500 people joined in the march, which ended in front of the CNN building near the intersection of Cahuenga and Sunset boulevards, and included a short speech by Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic. Protesters march down Hollywood Boulevard Saturday as part of the ANSWER Coalition's rally to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War. About 1,500 people joined in the march, which ended in front of the CNN building near the intersection of Cahuenga and Sunset boulevards, and included a short speech by Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic.
Protesters march down Hollywood Boulevard Saturday as part of the ANSWER Coalition's rally to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War. About 1,500 people joined in the march, which ended in front of the CNN building near the intersection of Cahuenga and Sunset boulevards, and included a short speech by Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic.
About 1,500 people gathered in Los Angeles Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War. Protesting continued U.S. military action in the Middle East, the group marched from the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, ending up in front of the CNN building on Sunset Boulevard. About 1,500 people gathered in Los Angeles Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War. Protesting continued U.S. military action in the Middle East, the group marched from the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, ending up in front of the CNN building on Sunset Boulevard.
About 1,500 people gathered in Los Angeles Saturday to mark the fifth anniversary of the Iraq War. Protesting continued U.S. military action in the Middle East, the group marched from the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, ending up in front of the CNN building on Sunset Boulevard.
War protesters cheer during a rally outside the CNN building in Hollywood Saturday. War protesters cheer during a rally outside the CNN building in Hollywood Saturday.
War protesters cheer during a rally outside the CNN building in Hollywood Saturday.
A man bystander joins in a protest chant during Saturday's ANSWER Coalition march in Hollywood. A man bystander joins in a protest chant during Saturday's ANSWER Coalition march in Hollywood.
A man bystander joins in a protest chant during Saturday's ANSWER Coalition march in Hollywood.
Two Los Angeles Police Department officers stand watch prior to the start of Saturday's ANSWER Coalition march through Hollywood. There were no arrests during the several-hour event. Two Los Angeles Police Department officers stand watch prior to the start of Saturday's ANSWER Coalition march through Hollywood. There were no arrests during the several-hour event.
Two Los Angeles Police Department officers stand watch prior to the start of Saturday's ANSWER Coalition march through Hollywood. There were no arrests during the several-hour event.
U.S. Army veteran John Acevedo addresses a crowd of war protesters outside the CNN building on Sunset Boulevard Saturday. U.S. Army veteran John Acevedo addresses a crowd of war protesters outside the CNN building on Sunset Boulevard Saturday.
U.S. Army veteran John Acevedo addresses a crowd of war protesters outside the CNN building on Sunset Boulevard Saturday.
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HOLLYWOOD - Some 1,500 voices drowned out the sound of Saturday afternoon traffic, as the group marched to decry five years of war in Iraq.

"Hey hey, ho ho - the occupation's got to go!" - The slogan thundered down the canyon of steel, glass and pavement, as police officers stood watch on foot, motorcycle, bicycle and horseback.

Brightly-colored signs were emblazoned with slogans ranging from "Impeach Bush," to "Bring the troops home now," "If war is the answer we're asking the wrong questions," and "Who would Jesus bomb?"
Flag-draped fake coffins were hoisted on shoulders and carried by volunteers.

The march was organized by the ANSWER Coalition - which stands for Act Now to Stop War & End Racism. The group was formed on Sept. 14, 2001, and is a coalition of organizations and individuals across the country.

The march started around 1 p.m. at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street, heading west to Schrader Boulevard, then back east on Sunset Boulevard.

The crowd stopped in front of the CNN building at the corner of Cahuenga Boulevard, where the protesters raised their heads and shouted slogans directed towards CNN, targeted as a member of the "war-supporting" media.

Vietnam War veteran Ron Kovic - author of "Born on the Fourth of July" - was brought onstage for a short speech, telling the crowd that events like Saturday's mark the beginning of a new age in America.

Former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, actor Mike Farrel and U.S. Army veteran and ANSWER member John Acevedo also made short speeches, and as the rally wrapped up the crowd observed a moment of silence.

At least 3,988 members of the U.S. military have died since the beginning of the war in March 2003, according to an Associated Press report Saturday.

Aside from curious shopkeepers and some pedestrians, the march drew little of an audience.

Despite shouted protests and waving of slogans, the atmosphere was generally peaceful and there were no arrests.

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