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Demonstrators Protest Persian Gulf Crisis in Streets of Raleigh

Posted November 19, 1997 12:00 a.m. EST

— Protest over the situation in the Persian Gulf hit home in Raleigh today. Hillsborough Street was filled with shouts of support 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 the streets of Raleigh Wednesday. The protesters claim sanctions against Iraq are a criminal blockade against innocent people. WRAL-TV5'sMark Robertsasked protester Rania Masri if the US should take all the blame.

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

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

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

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

The Raleigh protest was one of 30 nationwide.

Photographer:Ed Wilson