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Protesters eat Iraqi meal for Thanksgiving near Bush ranch
www.chinaview.cn 2005-11-25 16:23:14

    BEIJING, Nov. 25 -- More than 100 war protesters spent Thanksgiving Thursday in a camp about a few miles from President Bush's Texas ranch, eating simple Iraqi meal with fellow demonstrators.

    The demonstrators said they ate a traditional Iraqi meal on Thursday - salmon, lentils, traditional Middle Eastern bread, rice with almonds and a salad of parsley, tomatoes, cucumbers and bulgur wheat - because they wanted to highlight the innocent Iraqi victims in addition to the more than 2,100 US soldiers killed since the war began in March 2003.

    The fallen soldier's mother, Sheehan, who returned to Texas Thursday, has continued encouraging anti-war demonstrations and asked protesters to return to Crawford this week during Bush's family Thanksgiving gathering.

    "I feel happy to be back here with all my friends ... but I'm heartbroken that we have to be here again," Cindy Sheehan said as she arrived at an airport in nearby Waco. "We will keep pressing and we won't give up until our troops are brought home."

    "We're here to put pressure on President Bush, right across the way here, to stop this war," said Ann Wright, who resigned her post as a senior diplomat at the U.S. Embassy in Mongolia in 2003 in protest of the war with Iraq. "It's time for us to give thanks for the fact that we can make a difference." Enditem

(Agencies)

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