Saturday’s antiwar demonstration in Washington, D.C., organized by activist groups to commemorate the fourth anniversary of the American invasion of Iraq, drew some 20,000 protesters and stirred up strong feelings from supporters and opponents alike.
The most dramatic moment came when about 200 protesters, some calling themselves anarchists, tried to make their way up to the Pentagon, where security has been fortified since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
They pushed past the boundaries and were held back by police officers in gas masks and riot gear. Many of the protesters, most college age, seemed prepared for a confrontation. Some carried homemade plastic shields, and others wore gas masks or bandannas to protect their faces.