At least 190 arrested in D.C. protest

  • Updated: September 15, 2007 - 10:18 PM

Thousands of protesters marched Saturday from the White House to the U.S. Capitol to demand an end to the Iraq war. At least 190 people were arrested.

Thousands of protesters marched Saturday from the White House to the Capitol to demand an end to the Iraq war.

At least 190 people were arrested, many without a struggle, after they jumped over a barricade near the Capitol. But some grew angry as police attempted to push them back using large black shields and a chemical spray.

Counterprotesters lined the protest route behind metal barricades. There were some heated shouting matches between the two sides.

At the Capitol lawn, some protesters lay down with signs on top of their bodies to represent soldiers killed in Iraq. Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan told the crowd it was time to be assertive. "It's time to lay our bodies on the line and say we've had enough," she said. "It's time to shut this city down."

The United States will start shifting more troops into support roles, in addition to the troop withdrawals announced earlier in the week, President Bush said Saturday.

In December, the United States will begin a new military phase in Iraq -- one in which "our troops will shift over time from leading operations to partnering with Iraqi forces, and eventually to over-watching those forces," Bush said in his weekly radio address. No further details were released.

A car bomb struck a Baghdad bakery crowded with customers lining up for bread, killing at least 11 people, including two children. The bombing, which occurred at the start of iftar, the meal Muslims eat to break their dawn-to-dusk fast during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, was a blow to Iraqi government hopes that it would be a peaceful month to show the success of a seven-month-old security operation in the capital and surrounding areas.

The leader of Al-Qaida in Iraq offered money for the murder of a Swedish cartoonist and his editor who recently produced images deemed insulting to Islam, according to a statement on Islamist websites Saturday. Abu Omar al-Baghdadi also named the other insurgent groups in Iraq that Al-Qaida was fighting and promised new attacks, particularly against the minority Yazidi sect.

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