Protests against Bush in Ottawa
by 02.12.2004 19:46-
Thousands test tight security bubble
Toronto Star, Dec 1, 2004
Day of marches ends outside museum
A dozen protesters arrested in standoff
RICK WESTHEAD, MIRO CERNETIG AND ANDREW MILLS
OTTAWA-Thousands of protesters tested U.S. President W. George Bush's security bubble last night, toppling metal barricades and going nose-to-nose with riot police while the president attended a dinner inside the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau, Que.
Yet despite pushing the line of riot police officers, armed with batons, tear gas and German shepherds, the protesters never managed to breach the security lines. A dozen protesters, however, were arrested in the standoff that lasted more than one hour.
Although the protesters tried to get at Bush, there was never any sighting of the president, who was guarded by thousands of police and U.S. Secret Service agents, some of whom watched and video-taped from rooftops
It wasn't likely the president heard those who chanted "George Bush, war criminal" and "Bush out of Baghdad, out of Ottawa."
The evening march capped a day of marches by more than 5,000 protesters from across Canada who paraded through the city's downtown core, often bringing traffic to a halt. Many of the routes to Parliament Hill were blocked by riot police and some shopkeepers shuttered their doors and nailed sheets of plywood over their windows, fearing a repeat of the violent riots at the G-8 Summit in Quebec city three years ago.
But the marches never reached that crowd size, something that organizers blamed on the Bush visit being held on a weekday.
"It could have been a lot bigger," said a York University student and self-described Trotskyite, who asked not to be identified.
"It's the message that's important, not the numbers."
As thousands of protesters held up candles to honour Iraq's war dead, one of the messages delivered to Bush last night was from Lawyers Against the War in Iraq, an anti-Bush protest group.
They announced they had filed charges in a Vancouver court against Bush under Canada's war crimes law. They alleged he was responsible for the torture of Iraqis.
"It's a striking symbol," said Independent MP Carolyn Parrish, who was ousted from the Liberal caucus last week for stomping on a George Bush doll on national TV. "But it's unlikely to go anywhere."
Many were caught off guard by the labyrinth of steel barriers that sealed off much of downtown Ottawa for most of the day.
"My guys are trapped inside a building on the other side of the barriers and I can't get in," said an exasperated Peter Worth, a 28-year-old construction foreman who stepped inside a bar to pass the afternoon.
At times, the protest seemed to be a catch-all for a variety of familiar lobby groups that often appear on Parliament Hill.
In one corner of the massive lawn, a clutch of people huddled together in a cloud of marijuana smoke. Falun Gong had its posters spread on the lawn. One man did an imitation of Hitler, attacking Bush for being a dictator who limited free speech.
Yesterday's protest started with a noon rally at Ottawa's city hall, overlooking the highway that Bush's massive motorcade travelled to drive downtown from the airport.
"Treat my city as if it was your grandmother's living room," said Ottawa city counsellor, Clive Doucet, the first speaker at the noon-hour rally under the Peace Tower.
"Leave the furniture in place."
That's what protesters, some sporting gas masks and bio-hazard suits, generally did.
As Bush's entourage passed by, protest organizer Joe Cressy was greeted on a nearby bridge by an Ottawa police officer, who asked how many protesters would attend the events.
"We're expecting as many as 15,000," Cressy predicted.
"We don't care about numbers, just so long as it's peaceful," the officer replied.
"Just keep the dogs in the back, then," Cressy said.
Organizers did attempt to keep marchers from clashing with police at the Museum of Civilization in Gatineau.
But the protesters ignored the plea and began pulling down steel barriers as riot police took their place outside the museum.
Despite numerous altercations with police, which included some protesters throwing bottles and signs at security lines, police did not resort to using tear gas or unleashing dogs. As protesters pulled down steel fences set up outside the museum, riot police also waited for over an hour for the protest peter out.
"There's always an element of people looking for trouble," said Ali Mallah, an official with the Canadian Arab Federation.
In Halifax, protesters and politicians were getting ready last night for their biggest party in years, reports the Toronto Star's Kelly Toughill.
As demonstrators staged a mock trial of the U.S. president in a park lit with Christmas lights, police began erecting barriers outside the waterfront museum where Bush is to speak this morning.
Anti-Bush protesters will get a rare chance to share the neighbourhood with their foe today, when they will be allowed within 80 paces of the building where he is scheduled to speak.
Police have set aside a small area for protesters in a parking lot across the road from Pier 21, where Bush, Secretary of State Colin Powell and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice will meet with the prime minister, premiers and 320 hand-picked guests.
Protesters staged a warm-up last night to today's main event.
Almost 500 demonstrators marched through Halifax to the U.S. consulate after staging a mock trial that convicted Bush of war crimes.
Demonstrators rail against Bush
OTTAWA (CP) - Protesters clashed with riot police Tuesday afternoon as a crowd tried to move across a bridge to demonstrate against the visit of U.S. President George Bush.
Scuffles broke out as dozens of police in riot gear and gas masks used shields to hold back activists.
The clash occurred outside the posh Chateau Laurier Hotel, where some of the Bush entourage were staying. Protesters were knocked to the ground and at least three people were arrested.
Some threw placards, sticks, pumpkins and water bottles at police. One tactical officer was covered in red paint.
The clashes marred a day of otherwise peaceful protests.
Organizers had encouraged protesters to head to Bush's next venue - the government conference centre - after a peaceful protest on Parliament Hill.
When police moved in on the crowd, protest leaders tried to talk the more aggressive factions into moving back, but some stood their ground.
Staff Sgt. Monique Ackland of Ottawa police said at least three people were arrested.
Minutes earlier, demonstrators had torn apart a papier mache effigy of the U.S. president as 5,000 people gathered for anti-Bush protests on Parliament Hill.
The toppling of the five-metre figure, echoing a familiar image from the Iraq War when a statue of Saddam Hussein was brought down, followed a mock eulogy at which people shouted "Bush go home" and "We don't want war."
Earlier in the day, protesters were noisy but peaceful.
Heidi Petersen brought her two children in a stroller to the protest to teach them the importance of free speech.
"I brought my kids because I want my kids to learn what this freedom is that were exercising today," she said, as Felipe, 5, and Capitu, 2, watched the crowd gathering in a park near Parliament Hill.
A group of young women from Montreal, calling themselves the Radical Cheerleaders, shook homemade pom-poms and chanted: "He wants to start a new arms race, putting his weapons in outer space."
A young man covered entirely in masking tape and calling himself the Mummy of Montreal stagger-stepped through the throng. Music by Bob Marley and Neil Young blared from loudspeakers as some people openly smoked marijuana.
Signs held aloft denigrated the American president, including one that said: A village in Texas has lost its idiot.
The crowd roared when Michael Mandel of Lawyers Against the War, talked of the estimated 100,000 Iraqis who have died in the war in that country.
"This isn't a president," he said. "This is a homicidal maniac."
There was a brief struggle when about 10 police officers tried to stop a protest truck from moving along Laurier Avenue as the march headed for Parliament Hill. Police withdrew and allowed the truck to continue.
Uniformed officers lined up on bicycles, although police in riot gear were in buses behind Parliament Hill and ready to move in if necessary.
A candlelight protest was scheduled on Parliament Hill with speeches by some politicians.
A tiny group of Bush supporters who tried to cheer the president as his limousine passed on its way to Parliament in the morning was drowned out by shouts of "Bush go home."
The Toronto Coalition to Stop the War was to roll out an "unwelcome mat" - a giant carpet-turned-protest-sign.
Organizer Dylan Penner said the protesters oppose what they call Canada's complicity in the U.S. president's policies.
"Over 100,000 people have been killed so far by the invasion and occupation of Iraq and we're going to Ottawa to say that war criminals like Bush aren't welcome here," Penner said.
Alex House, 17, skipped school to ride a protest buses to Ottawa.
"I think (Bush) has committed a lot of atrocities and I think he has to know that a big chunk of the Canadian people don't appreciate him being here and that we don't respect or condone the things he's done," House said.
Riot police underwhelmed as cool heads, calm prevail
By GLORIA GALLOWAY Dec.1,2004
>From Wednesday's Globe and Mail
The long row of riot police armed with their shields, batons and gas masks sent a ripple of excitement through the youthful crowd of protesters who had marched to the Château Laurier, a stately hotel on the Ottawa canal. This is was what many had anticipated when they came to Ottawa yesterday to tell George W. Bush to go home.
"This is so cool," one girl said as she watched officers in black uniforms and helmets set up their tear-gas guns. Minutes earlier, some of the demonstrators had lobbed paint and pumpkins at the police who stood between them and the building where the U.S. President was meeting Canadian officials.
But, very quickly, the tension was reduced to a few bold pushes and shoves. And in the end, their desired confrontation with Mr. Bush and the fear that anti-war protesters might turn Ottawa into a riot zone fizzled out. Instead, the demonstration turned into a long and meandering odyssey by a few hundred protesters through the dark back streets of Ottawa's downtown.
"I think most people would prefer non-violent protests," said 21-year-old Matt Clark, who had travelled three hours from Cobourg, Ont., to take part in the demonstrations. "Are you going to meet violence with violence?"
But something has to be done about Mr. Bush, he said. "So the more they repress us, the more people are going to react. We do have to keep some kind of militancy."
There were face-offs with riot police at every turn but only a small taste of the violence that has defined previous protests. While some of the demonstrators had armed themselves with lighter fluid and paint balloons, many more were prepared only to flash the two-fingered peace sign and shout "Go home Bush!" at the police who were keeping them from the President.
Organizers had hoped to get 20,000 people to the capital to make a loud argument against the war in Iraq, ballistic-missile defence and a host of other causes. In fact, the numbers even at the largest of the protests likely did not top 8,000. But the leaders still said they were pleased with the turnout to an event that had been put together for a weekday, with a scant two-weeks notice.
As twilight fell, the older and less militant of the protesters held a candlelight vigil on the grounds of Parliament Hill. But about five hundred or so who branched off from the rest after a noon-hour march from Ottawa City Hall to Parliament Hill - and after topping and beheading a papier-mâché effigy of Mr. Bush - were not among them.
Instead, they opted to try to get as close to Mr. Bush as possible. And that meant going to the hotel or the Museum of Civilization across the river in Gatineau, where the President was to have dinner.
After a hasty departure from the hotel, amid warnings from organizers that the police were planning to close in from all sides, the group walked perhaps eight city blocks to end up on the other side of the Château Laurier - confronting the same riot squad they had just left. Again there was shoving, and a few projectiles were lobbed at the police.
But the presidential entourage was able to drive away with nothing more than a round of boos - which it's doubtful the President heard.
The disparate group of protesters - young people with Mohawk haircuts and piercings marching beside others in tuques and windbreakers - was then directed toward the Alexandra Bridge to Quebec with the aim of reaching the dinner party. Again, police barred the way. And again, there was some shoving and some projectiles.
Thwarted, they headed back toward the hotel once again. Then back to the bridge, by which time some of the crowd was starting to question how long the tour would last. "I'm just one cow in the herd," one teen said as his friends tried to figure out how to get back to the candlelight vigil that was now taking place without them.
"We want to stick together, please do not disperse," they were told by organizers with blow horns. "We're just regrouping and we're going to figure out exactly where we're going in a couple of minutes."
Back at the bridge, the police had bolstered their numbers. So the young protesters milled about, beating their drums, blowing their whistles, waving their placards and chanting their chants. One group put cardboard in a tire and set it alight; then five teens danced around it.
There were suggestions that it should be rolled at the police, and some even tried to move it toward the barrier, but they were called off by more level-headed members of the crowd.
Ellis Steinberg, 17, of Montreal, who was watching the burning tire, acknowledged that he had no idea where he and the group were being taken. But that didn't seem to matter. "I feel we're fighting a just cause," he said.
His friend Michael Galsz, also 17, said they just tried to stay close to the leaders. But he, too, was unconcerned about the apparent lack of direction. "I wouldn't feel good about myself if I didn't come here," he said.
Anti-Bush protesters scuffle with police
Last Updated Tue, 30 Nov 2004 22:03:31 EST: CBC
OTTAWA - As many as 5,000 protesters thronged the streets around Parliament Hill Tuesday, hundreds of them briefly scuffling with police as they demonstrated against visiting U.S. President George W. Bush.
Disorder broke out at about 3 p.m. in front of the Chateau Laurier hotel, shortly after Bush and Prime Minister Paul Martin gave a news conference at the Lester B. Pearson Building, the headquarters of Canada's Foreign Affairs department.
Police officers in riot gear pushed back a thick crowd of anti-war activists, some of whom were shouting at the security forces and trying to jostle them with the sticks of their placards.
At least three protesters were pushed down onto the ground and arrested as CBC Newsworld television cameras recorded the action.
Some police in riot gear could be seen pulling on gas masks, suggesting that they were ready to release gas to control the crowd.
Colleagues dragged away one police officer who seemed to have been injured in the melée.
"One college student who was skipping class for the day to attend the protest told me, 'When they started pointing the tear gas guns, we decided we should go,'" said CBC News Online journalist Paddy Moore, who was on the scene writing a rolling account of events for CBC.ca.
Moore said the demonstrators seemed to be trying to advance in the direction of either the U.S. Embassy on Sussex Drive, Parliament Hill or the bridge leading to Gatineau, Que.
The latter destination is where 700 invited guests will attend a formal dinner in Bush's honour Tuesday night, at the Museum of Civilization.
The crowd had mostly dispersed by 4 p.m., with the exception of a few protesters still engaged in a faceoff with police, Moore said.
Earlier demonstrations relatively peaceful
Earlier in the day, as Bush arrived on Parliament Hill to greet Martin and sign the government guest book, U.S. Secret Service agents and RCMP officers equipped with rifles and video cameras kept watch over a peaceful crowd of about 200 as they shouted "Go Home" and other slogans.
A small number of pro-Bush demonstrators also showed up to offer a welcome to the conservative, family-values politician.
One of them held a sign reading: "The only mad cow is Carolyn Parrish," referring to the Liberal MP recently thrown out of caucus after repeated verbal attacks against the Americans and Bush.
But by far the larger number of demonstrators were no fans of the American president or the war in Iraq that his administration launched a year and a half ago.
There were reports that a large papier mâché statue of Bush would be toppled during the protest, a reference to the role he played in invading Iraq and toppling leader Saddam Hussein in the spring of 2003.
The Ottawa rally was one of about 25 planned across the country to draw attention to Bush's policies and politics during the visit.
Many of the Ottawa protesters were opposed to Bush's plans for a North American missile shield system that would require Canadian participation.
Also present were activists in favour of legalized marijuana, same-sex marriages, and a woman's right to choose, as well as students, grandmothers and groups ranging from Lawyers Against the War to Bellydancers Against Bush.
Another major protest is planned for Wednesday morning in Halifax, where demonstrators will picket near Bush's speech at the Pier 21 immigration museum on the city's waterfront.
Anti-Bush protesters scuffle with riot police
CTV.ca News Staff Dec.1,2004
Protesters shouting "Bush go home!" clashed with riot police, outside the Museum of Civilization, where the U.S. president had dinner with Canadian ministers and dignitaries.
Though most of Tuesday's demonstrations were peaceful, protesters grew rowdy earlier in the day Tuesday, scuffling with police near the Chateau Laurier hotel in the capital's downtown, a stone's throw from Parliament Hill.
As demonstrators tried to cross a bridge, a line of police in riot gear moved in to hold them back. Some protesters threw placards, sticks, pumpkins and water bottles at police.
One officer was showered with a bucket of red paint. Another officer was reportedly hit with a brick, and could be seen being helped away from the police line. At least three protesters were arrested, reports CTV's Rosemary Thompson.
The clashes were a break from what had been a relatively peaceful protest on Parliament Hill. That's where protesters toppled a five-metre-tall papier mache effigy of Bush, while shouting "No to Bush'' and "We don't want war.''
The action was meant to echo a familiar image from the Iraq War when a statue of Saddam Hussein was brought down.
About 5,000 activists turned out for the protests, though organizers say it was more like 13,000. They were there to demonstrate against Bush's decision to wage war in Iraq and American plans for an anti-missile defence shield. They carried placards that read everthing from "Please Leave," to: "A Village in Texas has Lost Its Idiot."
During an early afternoon news conference with Prime Minister Paul Martin, Bush said he was pleased with the welcome he received Tuesday morning.
"I want to thank the Canadian people who came out to wave -- with all five fingers -- for their hospitality," he said with a chuckle, jokingly referring to the one-finger salute he often receives from protesters.
Security for Bush's one-day visit to the capital was unprecedented, creating a kind of siege atmosphere as almost no traffic moved in the downtown. Snipers stood on the rooftops near meeting sites, scanning the crowds with binoculars.
The demonstrations are far from over. More are planned for Wednesday, when several thousand people are expected to turn up for a demonstration in Halifax, where Bush will give a speech at the Pier 21 museum on the waterfront.
That protest is being organized by the Halifax Peace Coalition, which spent Tuesday picketing SNC-Lavalin. Protesters say the bullets produced by the Canadian company are used by the U.S. military in the Iraq war.
Thousands Protest Bush in Canada
Tuesday, November 30, 2004 Associated Press, Fox News
OTTAWA - Thousands of protesters marched on Parliament Tuesday, rallying against President Bush's visit and the U.S.-led war in Iraq. Twelve people were arrested after scuffling with police on the fringes of the peaceful demonstration.
Making his first official visit to Canada, Bush was greeted by many placards and signs along his motorcade route to a meeting with Prime Minister Paul Martin , including a truck that was emblazoned with the phrase "Bush is a war criminal."
Much the anger seemed focused on the U.S. invasion of Iraq. The Canadian government decided against sending troops to Iraq - a position that strained U.S.-Canadian ties but drew overwhelming support from Canadians.
"Canada is not against America. We're totally against Bush," explained Fredric White, a 40-year-old who works for an entertainment company.
Organizers said the march drew at least 13,000 people, many of whom came from Ontario and Quebec, but police put the figure at closer to 5,000.
Bush was also met by protests against the war in his last foreign trip as thousands demonstrated in Santiago, Chile, 11 days ago during a economic summit of Pacific region leader
Protesters keep it peaceful, mostly
Ottawa Sun Dec 1,
A COLOURFUL, loud and mostly peaceful group of thousands of anti-Bush protesters snaked through downtown yesterday to oppose U.S. policies. The sounds of beating drums and whistles filled the air as the protesters, estimated by police at between 5,000 and 7,000, filled major streets as they marched to Parliament Hill from City Hall.
While not all united on the same issues, they were united in their anger towards Bush.
Some protesters called for an end to the war in Iraq, others called on Canada to reject participation in a joint missile defence system. Others wanted marijuana legalized. All of them wanted Bush to "go home."
Jane Oliver came from Sudbury to attend the rally and said she hoped Paul Martin would get their message.
"I want him to look and see how many Canadians are opposed to American policy and think twice before he starts making any deals with President Bush," said the retired teacher.
The highlight came on the steps of Parliament when a papier mache statue of Bush was felled, simulating the toppling of Saddam Hussein's statue in Baghdad.
'ALL FOR MONEY'
"People are angry. This man's responsible for thousands and thousands of deaths in Iraq and Afghanistan. It's an illegal war and it's all for money," said Paul Smith, a protest organizer.
The most tense moment came in front of the Chateau Laurier as some protesters tried to cross police barricades but were held back by a riot squad. Picket signs, paint bombs and other objects were lobbed at police who held the line.
A later candlelight vigil attracted thousands to Parliament Hill as helicopters clattered above and pot smoke filled the air.
Demonstrators included an American soldier who deserted to Canada after refusing to serve in Iraq and MP Carolyn Parrish.
"I am going to be the voice of truth -- 70% of Canadians don't agree with Mr. Bush," Parrish said.
Texan Brandon Heghey told the crowd he refused to serve in what he sees as an illegal war.
"It's not my idea of honourable duty," he said to cheers.
Protesters streamed away from the vigil for a march across the Portage Bridge to Hull. The group of at least 1,000 pushed over metal barricades to get within metres of the Museum of Civilization where Bush was at a gala dinner.
A cordon of helmeted Quebec riot police formed, holding protesters back as they chanted and waved banners with a few taunting police and setting a bonfire of placards.
Largely peaceful anti-Bush protests
(CP) - As outraged protest goes, it was a very Canadian affair.
The biggest demonstration Tuesday against U.S. President George W. Bush was a mostly peaceful, almost festival-like day of bongo drumming and whistle blowing. It ended with a candlelight vigil that transformed Parliament Hill into a small sea of twinkling lights.
Television images focused on a brief clash between a few demonstrators and riot police, but the vast majority of marchers were upbeat in their disdain for Bush.
Not that at least 5,000 protesters - organizers said it was more like 13,000 - didn't make their point. They vented their opposition to the war in Iraq and the prospect of Canada's participation in a U.S. missile-defence shield.
But most were at their rudest when they crafted placards like the one that said: A Village in Texas has Lost Its Idiot.
Another featured four images of Bush's face that simply said: Moron. The president took it all in stride as he started his two-day visit to Canada, his first foray north.
A tiny group of supporters who tried to cheer the president as he arrived on Parliament Hill was drowned out by shouts of "Bush go home."
Still, Bush said he wanted to "thank the few Canadians who came out to wave - with all five fingers - for their hospitality."
A few demonstrators fought with police after protesters stormed metal barricades.
Scuffles broke out as dozens of police in riot gear and gas masks used shields to hold back the surging crowd and some protesters were knocked to the ground. A firecracker set off by one of the demonstrators was at first mistaken for tear gas.
The incident occurred outside the posh Chateau Laurier Hotel where some of the Bush entourage was staying.
Some threw placards, sticks, pumpkins and water bottles at police. Several tactical officers were covered in red paint.
In a statement late Tuesday, the integrated police force in charge of security said a total of 21 arrests were made after barricades were breached at the Government Conference Centre, Alexandra Bridge and Museum of Civilization.
Charges range from assaulting a police officer, obstruction and breach of probation.
Two police officers were injured during confrontations with protesters, the statement said.
A Gatineau police officer suffered serious facial injuries when struck with a barricade. An Ontario Provincial Police officer suffered minor injuries when struck by a protester. Both were treated in hospital and later released.
The standoffs marred a day of peaceful protests that culminated with the "toppling" of a five-metre papier mache likeness of Bush on Parliament Hill.
The stunt, mimicking a familiar image from the Iraq War when a statue of Saddam Hussein was brought down, followed a mock eulogy as people shouted "Bush go home" and "We don't want war."
Demonstrators said Bush was wrong to invade Iraq without United Nations backing.
"He's a warmonger - I think he should get out of Iraq," said Jeanette Pole of the Raging Grannies. The singing protest group is known for its gingham dresses and offbeat hats.
Ottawa resident Heidi Petersen brought her two children in a stroller to teach them the importance of free speech.
"I brought my kids because I want (them) to learn what this freedom is that we're exercising today," she said, as Felipe, 5, and Capitu, 2, watched the crowd.
A counter rally supporting Bush was organized by Free Dominion, a group that hails the United States as Canada's greatest ally and trading partner.
But most marchers taunted the president.
A group of young women from Montreal, calling themselves the Radical Cheerleaders, shook homemade pom-poms and chanted their anti-Bush repertoire. One "cheer" ended with the line:
"He wants to start a new arms race, putting his weapons in outer space. (He's an) intergalactic super war criminal!"
A young man encased in masking tape and calling himself the Mummy of Montreal stagger-stepped through the throng. Music by Bob Marley and Neil Young blared from loudspeakers as people openly smoked marijuana.
The crowd roared when Michael Mandel of Lawyers Against the War talked of the estimated 100,000 Iraqis who have died since the U.S. invasion.
"This isn't a president," he said. "This is a homicidal maniac."
Demonstrations were held in other centres across Canada:
In Halifax, where Bush visits on Wednesday, a small protest was held at the offices of SNC-Lavalin.
Members of the Halifax Peace Coalition handed out leaflets that said the company was manufacturing munitions used by the U.S. in Iraq, and held up photographs of children injured in that war.
A spokeswoman for the Montreal-based firm said the company can't comment on whether its bullets are used in Iraq.
Organizers are expecting several thousand people at a protest when Bush speaks at the Halifax waterfront.
The demonstrators will be kept behind barricades about 100 metres from the building.
In Charlottetown, a peaceful group of about 40 gathered outside historic Province House, the birthplace of Confederation, to declare opposition to the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
In Vancouver, protesters pulled down a statue of Bush.
An organizer told the crowd that welcoming Bush makes no sense just because the U.S. is Canada's most important trading partner.
Gail Davidson, of Lawyers Against the War, filed criminal charges against Bush for aiding in torture in Iraq. B.C.'s attorney general would have to approve the charges.
Protesters in Edmonton also focused their anger on the U.S.-led war in Iraq.
"I'm disgusted by (Prime Minister Paul) Martin just being buddy-buddy with Bush." said Laura Hudelson, 30
"I know there are other issues people are concerned about. I just hope that when it comes to the issues surrounding Iraq that Paul Martin is honest about how Canadians feel."
Draped in an Iraqi flag, Dijla Al-Rekabi shouted in a megaphone at fellow Calgarians protesting Bush's visit.
"I'm Iraqi. I experienced the war in 1991, to which I lost a brother. Our home was targeted by the U.S. forces," Al-Rekabi said. "George W. Bush coming to Canada, the thought of it actually made me overwhelmed. He should not be allowed to visit."
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