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Iraq-war Protestors Target Congressman Welch . . . Again

Burlington, VT -- October 22, 2007

Once again police had to be called in to remove Iraq-war protestors from the Burlington office of Democratic Congressman Peter Welch.

Welch has strongly and consistently opposed the war and voted for Democratic legislative proposals to end it, but for the protestors, none of that matters because he, and most other Democrats, in September voted to continue to fund the U.S. military action in Iraq.  

14 protestors marched  into Welch's Burlington office at three o'clock Monday. They demanded that he speak with them by conference call from his Washington office. 

Some of the protestors had been arrested in March when they refused to leave the offices of Welch and U.S. Senators Patrick Leahy and  Bernie Sanders.

The protestors are opposed to the Iraq War and are unhappy with Welch. They feel betrayed because he vowed to oppose the Iraq War if elected -- but last month voted to authorize more war spending.

"I feel like we were lied to," said protestor Jay Moore. "Peter told us at that time that there was a plan, just be patient, there was a plan, the Democrats had to end the war and here we are, six months later, the war keeps going on."

"Vermonters came here to speak with him about his number one issue and they act like, you know, we have the plague or something and try to run from us. That's disconcerting. We're not leaving here with him and or we get in a chance to speak with him and or we hear a good message from him that he's going to promise to vote against all future funding for this war," said protestor Michael Colby.

Welch's staff told the protestors that the congressman's schedule was full so he would not have time to speak with them.

A Welch spokesman in Washington told Channel 3 that one of the protestors did call and leave a message on Monday morning requesting a conference call for 3 o'clock, but the message came way too late for the congressman to change his Monday schedule.

The protestors stayed in the office until closing time at 6 o'clock when a half-dozen left upon request. But the others left only after the Burlington Police were called in. Police cited 3 protestors into court for unlawful trespass, while five others were served with no-trespass notices.

Brian Joyce - WCAX News

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