Demonstrations against ‘surge’ begin early in Tampa




Demonstrations against President Bush’ plan to escalate the Iraq war by adding over 21,000 troops to the conflict began early this morning in Tampa. 


A handful of anti-war activists gathered along Bayshore Boulevard in South Tampa to greet motorists arriving into downtown with signs showing their displeasure with the situation in Iraq.


Protestor Andrew Rock said he didn’t listen to the President’s address last night, saying he has had his share of ‘lies and ignorance’ from the Commander in Chief

(roll tape#1 o.q. “for this war”)


The former head of the Coalitional Provisional Authority in Iraq, L. Paul Bremer, wrote an opinion in the Wall Street Journal today supporting the President’s announcement. 


Bremer used the arguments that people who support the war effort have always made:  That a withdrawal of US forces would leave a vacuum that would increase the violence for the 27 million Iraqi’s, and give a victory to terrorists who want to bring harm to the U.S.       


(roll tape#2 o.q..” if we left”)Joan Seashawn helped organize protests along the Bayshore Thursday morning and afternoon.  (roll tape#3 o.q.”to rebuild a country”)


Kelly LaPardo says she has done a considerable amount of thinking about the situation in iraq, and therefore there was nothing that President Bush could have said in his speech last night that would change her mind about her negative feelings about the invasion.


LaPardo said she is a pacifist, and does not believe in violence as a way to solve problems. She stood with a baby carriage in tow, with no real baby inside, but instead had  a baby boy doll wearing a helmet, looking ready for action    (roll tape#4 o.q.”if you go to the right neighborhood”)


South Tampa resident Andy Karpay says he wants the Democrats to much more aggressively challenge the President’s new strategy in Iraq.  He says he’s encouraged by Massachusetts Senator Ted Kennedy’s proposal to cut the funding for any new troops

(roll tape#5 o.q.”unnecessary wars”)


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