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1 year later: Pittsburgh marches, rallies, and sits-in against war and militarism
Under a heavy downpour, more than 2000 people from all over Western Pennsylvania and Ohio gathered in Pittsburgh to mark the 1-year anniversary of the beginning of the War in Iraq this Saturday, making it the largest protest in Pittsburgh since just before the war began. They gathered at Flagstaff Hill in Oakland, then marched to the University of Pittsburgh's William Pitt Union. A contingent of protestors also occupied a building at Carnegie Mellon University for several hours in protest of that university's extensive military ties.

Among those speaking at the rally was Susan Snyder of the United Nations office of the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

"Why did we go into Iraq? We went in because we were looking for weapons of mass destruction," said Snyder. "Well I want to tell you, I found where those weapons are. They're in Nebraska, they're in California, they're in Utah, they're in Maine and Massachusetts. They're all over this country."

Members of the 122 Pittsburghers who were arrested at an anti-war demonstration one year earlier led the crowd in chanting "Not one more lie! Not one more day! Not one more death!" Protestors were calling for an immediate end to the occupation of Iraq.

Despite a heavy police presence, no protestors were arrested and the events remained peaceful. Carnegie Mellon Police had initially planned to block any off-campus protestors from entering any CMU building, but changed their minds at the last moment. Students had been warned days in advance of the weekend that some protestors would be targeting the university. About 100 protestors entered and briefly occupied the University Center at 5000 Forbes Avenue. Carnegie Mellon Chief of Police monitored the protests, but took no action.

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