‘Born on 4th of July’ veteran leads anti-war protest at DNC
DENVER (AP) – About 1,000 anti-war activists have marched peacefully through downtown Denver on the eve of the Democratic National Convention.
They waved signs and chanted “Stop the torture, stop the war. That’s what we’re fighting for.”
In a wheelchair at the head of the march was anti-war activist Ron Kovic. He’s the paralyzed Vietnam veteran whose story was told in the book and movie “Born on the Fourth of July.”
Some of the marchers wore caricatures of President Bush, Vice President Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice.
Some carried signs promoting causes ranging from medical marijuana to free trade to ending the war.
Police in riot gear were nearby, but there were no arrests. A spokesman for a convention law enforcement operation describes the group as “pretty well-behaved” and says it was smaller than expected.
This video is from Reuters, broadcast August 25, 2008.