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War protests continue across U.S.
Demonstrations held in New York, on West Coast

By Marcus Wohlsen
Associated Press Writer

SAN FRANCISCO — For a second consecutive day, thousands of protesters flowed through the streets of several cities Sunday to call for an end to the funding of the Iraq war or the immediate return of U.S. troops.

Demonstrators converged in San Francisco, New York, Portland, Ore., and elsewhere to mark the fourth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq and call on President Bush to heed what they said was the will of the people.

In largely peaceful demonstrations, about 3,000 people in San Francisco closed Market Street, a major downtown thoroughfare; in New York, more than 1,000 protesters converged in a park near the United Nations headquarters.

Dozens of police in San Francisco on foot and motorcycle blocked traffic and kept an eye on the crowd, which stretched for blocks through the financial district.

No arrests were reported by late Sunday afternoon.

Gary Fong, 65, carried a sign calling on President Bush to “listen to America” as he marched in San Francisco.

“I think the war effort at this point is futile,” the retired school guidance counselor and former Army intelligence officer said.

“We want to do our part to express to Bush and the government that change needs to be made,” he said.

In New York, where union members, representatives of the Rev. Jesse Jackson’s Rainbow-PUSH Coalition and war veterans joined protesters, the procession stretched for several blocks.

Actor Tim Robbins, speaking at an earlier rally organized by the New York chapter of United for Peace and Justice, told the crowd that getting Congress to cut off funds for the war “would be a good way” to get the troops home.

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