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61. War starts with W, say protesters

War starts with W, say protesters

From correspondents in Washington

PROTESTERS converged on the US capital today, seeking to persuade President George W. Bush that "51 per cent is not a mandate", as he basked in the glow of his Inauguration Day festivities after winning a second four-year term in the November 2 election.

Armed with signs reading: "It's not a mandate when you cheat" and "51 per cent is not a mandate", thousands of protesters turned out for demonstrations and marches throughout the capital to voice their dissent as Bush supporters cheered his victory and ushered in his second term.

Bill Hollenshead, a 45-year-old accountant from Pennsylvania attending the DC Anti-War Network's protest, said he came to Washington to "show Bush that not everyone agrees with him, because he doesn't seem to understand that".

Mr Hollenshead said he was not a traditional activist, but he decided to take part in the protest because "I'm against everything that Bush is for and I'm for everything that he's against".

Garrett Meigs, 23, of Ithaca, New York, said he came to Washington to "show the rest of the world that many Americans are opposed to the Bush agenda".

"This is the day we're going to let those guys know: 'We don't want you anymore'," said Ellen Thomas, co-founder of the Proposition One committee, an anti-nuclear-weapons group.

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