War protesters gather in Fairbanks

Posted: Sunday, March 23, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- About 150 people gathered Thursday in Fairbanks to protest the war in Iraq and more protests are planned for Saturday.

The crowd on Thursday held burning candles while others gave speeches at Golden Heart Plaza.

''My nation has decided that lives aren't as important as other concerns, and I carry my candle tonight in shame for what my nation is doing,'' said Douglas Leggett, minister of the Midnight Sun United Church of Fairbanks and a speaker at the event.

Richard Heacock, a local retired cleric, encouraged the crowd to continue their peace efforts ''rather than allow yourselves to be silenced by anger or frustration or fear...''

Heacock said the war with Iraq is a direct violation of the principles that are supposed to be protected by the United Nations.

''I personally am going to do everything I can to bringing about a regime change back home,'' Heacock said.

Protesters are planning to gather again Saturday at the intersection of the University Ave. and Geist Rd. from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.

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