As anti-Wall Street protests continued across the country, several hundred people gathered Thursday in the nation’s capital in a scheduled anti-war demonstration that also adopted new overtones in decrying economic disparities.
Demonstrators first congregated in the shadow of Congress, at its height filling about half of Washington’s Freedom Plaza, which is about the size of a city block. Many carried placards and listened to speeches from activists railing against inequality, corporate greed, as well as the American-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
The protest came a day before America marks the 10th anniversary of the start of the Afghanistan conflict, and a day after the release of a Pew Research Center survey in which American veterans expressed ambivalence about both wars.
Half of the 712 who have served since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks said they felt the Afghanistan war was worth it, while 44% made the same assessment about the Iraq conflict. This aspect of the poll had a margin of error of 5.7 percentage points.