Protesters decry Israeli action
Demonstrators angry about Israel's naval operation to seize control of an aid flotilla headed for the Gaza Strip wound their through the District streets before ending in front of the White House on Monday. There the 50 or so protesters -- clinging to red signs that said “The World Says No! to Israeli Occupation” and yellow signs that said “U.S. Aid funds Israeli Piracy and Murder” -- mingled with the tourists clambering for pictures across from Lafayette Square.
“I want to send a message to Obama,” said protester Roshan Woods, 27, an Annapolis resident support staff member for the Anne Arundel County school system. “He shouldn't calculate the political advantage for the next election, he should do what's right.”
As protesters chanted “Free, Free Palestine” Nick Powell, a 21-year-old college student from Baltimore, said he had come to the protest to show his support for the activists who had been killed or wounded in the seizure of the flotilla.
“We won't stand for the treatment of these humanitarian workers who were doing nothing more than bringing aid to the people of Gaza,” Powell said.
-- Annie Gowen
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