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Hundreds In Portland Mark Anniversary of Iraq War

Hundreds of Oregonians poured into Pioneer Courthouse Square Saturday to mark the 8th anniversary of the United States’ invasion of Iraq.

The rally for peace drew marchers from a variety of anti-war viewpoints.

Protesters rally in Pioneer Square to mark the eighth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq

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Kate Lore is the Social Justice Minister at the First Unitarian Church of Portland. She says some oppose war outright.

Others see military spending as problematic, and still others would prefer to let democratic movements take their course without U.S. intervention.

Kate Lore: “I think this is a very unique time in history. And I think, as a 50 year old woman, it is the young people of the Middle East who are showing us how it gets done.”

18-year-old Autumn VanDerKloot drove in from White Salmon for the march.

Autumn Van Der Kloot: “I came because I am tired of our youth being apathetic about how many wars we’re in and how long we’ve been involved in them.”

Several speakers and marchers noted they were sorry to see the United States entering an air campaign in Libya, adding to military commitments abroad.

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