Anti-war protesters rally against Iraq and Afghanistan

By Rachel Rubin

Close to 50 anti-war activists and onlookers joined a rally on the south end of the Quad at noon on Thursday.

Students spoke about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and expressed hopes about what the election of Barack Obama could mean for troops.

“We’re saying its great you want to pull us out of Iraq, but lets reconsider Afghanistan,” organizer Jill Doub said, “We’re excited he was elected and want to support him, but we can’t let him off the hook.”

After the rally ended at 1 p.m., about 20 students continued to circle the Quad, chanting and banging drums.

Soldiers’ boots and shoes of Iraqi Civilians were arranged in the ‘Eyes Wide Open Boot Display’ in front of the English Building. The memorial remains on display until 4:00 p.m.

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    Tonight at 6:00 p.m. Iraq War veterans and Iraqi civilians will come together in Mumford Hall to present testimonies of the war. Veteran Duane Linton will tell his story of serving as a medic in Iraq.

    “I had to witness the effects of the war on the other soldiers,” Linton said.