‘Born on 4th of July’ veteran leads anti-war protest at DNC

By David Edwards
Monday, August 25, 2008 7:29 EDT
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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.

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David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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