Shocked and Angry:

Nearly 500 people turned out last Saturday for a march protesting the third anniversary of Shock and Awe and the start of the Iraq war. Onlookers crowded the sidewalks as the colorful sea of people – banging drums, waving signs, ringing bells, and chanting – made its way up State Street. Bellows of “Hey Bush, whaddya say? How many kids did you kill today?” rang out as black-hooded demonstrators rushed to kneel on each corner in a haunting reminder of the Abu Ghraib torture atrocities. The police-escorted party continued on to the Federal Bankruptcy Court where demonstrators “officially” declared the Bush regime morally and ethically bankrupt. The day – which was co-sponsored by the People’s Coalition and Veterans for Peace – concluded in the early afternoon sunshine at the Sunken Gardens of the Santa Barbara Courthouse with several speeches from an assortment of prominent local anti-war advocates such as Hannah-Beth Jackson and VFP’s Steve Sherrill. – Lindsey Wallace

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