Small turnout at Peace Arch protest

Published on Thu, Apr 10, 2003 by Rebecca Schwarz Kopf

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Small turnout at Peace Arch protest

By Rebecca Schwarz Kopf

A handful of Canadian protesters gathered under cloudy skies at Peace Arch State Park last Saturday to protest the war on Iraq.

�Nobody really showed up,� said Summer Arnlson, a Vancouver resident. �It�s really important that we get out here and voice our opinions about this issue. But I guess the rainy weather bothered them.�

Arnlson, along with several others, held signs protesting the war on Iraq, specifically criticizing the Bush administration and its foreign policies.

�It�s important for people to gather together and address the world�s issues,� she said. �And the Peace Arch is a place where you can bring about these concerns and reach the minds of many people from both sides of the border.�

Peg Fearon, Blaine�s interim port director, said the event was held on the Canadian side and did not cross the border. �It was pretty much a non-event,� she said.

This was just one of several recent protests around the region. Additional protests are expected to take place at local border crossings on Saturday, April 12, which is an international day of protest.