Anti-war protesters arrested at Huckabee office
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Protesters arrested at Huckabee office
By DAVID PITT, Associated Press Writer Mon Dec 31,
9:46 PM ET
DES MOINES, Iowa - Three protesters seeking a
commitment from Republican presidential hopeful Mike
Huckabee to end the Iraq war were arrested Monday for
refusing to leave his office.
Police arrested Mona Shaw, 56, of Iowa City; Robert
Braam, 51, Manhattan, Ill.; and Kathy Kelly, 55, of
Chicago, around 1:20 p.m., Shaw said. They were
charged with criminal trespass.
Des Moines police spokesman Vince Valdez said the
three were taken into custody without violence and
The protest was part of a campaign called Seasons of
Discontent: A Presidential Occupation Project, which
goes by the acronym SODaPOP. According to its Web
site, the project was organized by the Illinois-based
activist group Voices for Creative Nonviolence.
Shaw said the project had sent presidential candidates
letters seeking commitments for an immediate end to
the war in Iraq.
"We said if we didn't hear back we would be visiting
them and staying in their offices until we received
that commitment," Shaw said. "That was our plan in
Gov. Huckabee's office today."
Eight members of the group held a banners that read
"Who Would Jesus Bomb?" "End the Iraq War" and "No War
with Iran." Protesters sang "Auld Lang Syne," which
Shaw said was in remembrance of lives lost in the war.
Shaw said campaign staff members called police after
she and the two other arrested protesters went inside
the office and refused to leave until they spoke to
Huckabee's bus arrived at the office during the
protest, but Huckabee spokesman Eric Woolson said the
bus took the candidate to another entrance in the
building so he could keep a meeting with campaign
volunteers. He said Huckabee disagrees with the
"The governor said the way to end the war is to win
it," Woolson said. "They clearly have a different
position and their position is we ought to cut and
run. ... There's a clear difference of opinion on
The group said it will continue actions of civil
disobedience through Jan. 3, the day of the Iowa
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