Thousands march in Washington to protest NATO bombing
June 5, 1999
Web posted at: 8:09 p.m. EDT (0009 GMT)
From CNN's Michael McManus
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- About 5,000 people carrying anti-war
signs and pamphlets converged on Washington Saturday to
protest NATO's air campaign against Yugoslavia.
They gathered at the Vietnam War Memorial to show what
organizers called similarities between the two conflicts.
Sarah Flounder, an organizer of the anti-NATO rally, told CNN
that the U.S. government and the mainstream media were to
blame for what has happened in Kosovo.
"We're going to send a message of our own that the American
people do not agree with what our government is doing over
there," said Flounder.
Other protesters were upset with CNN and accused the network
of being a U.S. propaganda machine. However, they refused to
answer specific questions about CNN's alleged role.
The rally included songs from children, speeches from critics
of NATO military action and prayers. The protesters then
marched from Washington to Virginia for a rally on Pentagon
Protesters said they felt bound to turn out for Saturday's
march even though peace may be at hand. The American role in
the bombing is still wrong, no matter the war's outcome,
several speakers said.
As of Saturday afternoon, park police officers reported no
violence or arrests associated with the rally.
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