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Demonstrators Protest Persian Gulf Crisis in Streets of Raleigh

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Protesters paraded and shouted at each other in Raleigh Wednesday.
RALEIGH — Protest over the situation in the Persian Gulfhit home in Raleigh today. Hillsborough Street was filled with shouts ofsupport for the Iraqi people and a cry for the US to get out of Iraq.

People who think the US should take itself out of Iraq took to thestreets of Raleigh Wednesday. The protesters claim sanctions against Iraqare a criminal blockade against innocent people. WRAL-TV5'sMark Robertsasked protester RaniaMasri if the US should take all the blame.

Student Jeff Jarlett said he thinks it was Saddam who started thetrouble.

It's been awhile since Hillsborough street has hosted a sign-carrying,bullhorn-blasting protest, but the spirit of disagreement showed it wasalive and well Wednesday.

The protesters came from all backgrounds. Jean Christian Rostagni saidAmericans need to protest.

The only way to stop the arrogance, according to the protesters, is toleave Iraq alone. Despite shouts of disagreement, Wednesday'sdemonstration remained relatively peaceful.

The Raleigh protest was one of 30 nationwide.

Photographer:Ed Wilson

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