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Feb 13,2008
Iraq protesters in Berkeley, pro and con
by UPI

BERKELEY, Calif. -- Hundreds of demonstrators came to Berkeley, Calif., Tuesday, some protesting the war and others the city's anti-war stance.

By late afternoon, about 500 people had gathered at city hall, The San Jose Mercury News reported. Members of Move America Forward, a pro-war group, appeared to outnumber those in the anti-war Code Pink.

The City Council was scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. with one of the items on the agenda reconsidering a resolution that U.S. Marine Corps recruiters are unwelcome in the city.

One man was charged with brandishing a knife after Code Pink members wrapped him in a banner. Two teenagers were charged with disturbing the peace.

The council resolution to send a letter to the Marine Corps, which had not been sent, became a national story. Some conservatives in Congress suggested cutting all federal aid to Berkeley and to the flagship University of California campus.

It was unclear if either side changed hearts or minds.

"I had to walk over here to check it out," Bill Newton, who lives in the city and works at the university, told the Tri-Valley Herald. "Frankly I think the City Council is pretty stupid. But the war is pretty stupid too."

Copyright © 2008, by United Press International. All Rights Reserved.

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