Nobel protesters land in jail
(AP) Two Nobel Peace Prize winners, two bishops and Vietnam War activist Daniel Ellsberg were among those arrested near the White House in anti-war protests yesterday.
Those arrested included Nobel laureates Mairead Corrigan Maguire of the Northern Ireland Peace Movement and Jody Williams of the International Campaign to Ban Landmines, as well as Roman Catholic Auxiliary Bishop Thomas Gumbleton of the Detroit archdiocese; Bishop C. Joseph Sprague of the United Methodist Church in the Chicago area; Dave Robinson, national co-ordinator of Pax Christi U.S.A., the Roman Catholic peace movement, and Ellsberg.
Ellsberg is best known for leaking the Pentagon Papers, a top secret United States Defence Department study on the Vietnam War that he considered proof officials were lying about chances for victory. He said he hoped his willingness to be arrested might encourage someone in the government to release more information about the war with Iraq.
''There are people who could prove the falsity of this war,'' Ellsberg said.
More than 100 demonstrators in Florida denounced President George W. Bush during his trip to the state.
Bush was in Tampa, Fla., visiting the headquarters of the U.S. Central Command, housed at MacDill Air Force Base. About 150 demonstrators protested in the city's downtown waterfront district.
''This war is so unjust. There is popular support against it,'' said Audrey Colombe, 44, of Tampa, who carried a sign reading: War is Not the Answer. ''I can't sit at home and do nothing.''
Protesters in Washington climbed over police barricades closing off Lafayette Park, across Pennsylvania Avenue from the White House and sang and prayed until they were arrested. Police said 65 people were taken into custody. Protesters left behind some roses and pictures of Iraqi civilians that they said represented those who could die in the war.
In New York City, 16 anti-war protesters, linked by handcuffs, were arrested for blocking a busy midtown Manhattan intersection near Rockefeller Center by lying down in the street.