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For Immediate Release
March 21, 2007

Activists in Vermont Arrested in Anti-War Protest

Six Vermonters with Operation Occupation including two former Marines were arrested Wednesday evening at the Vermont office of Vermont Congressman Peter Welch after Welch refused to answer activists demands to know if he would vote against the bill that would authorize another 100 billion dollars for the war in Iraq.

Welch ran on an anti-war platform and nearly 40 of his Vermont constituents came to his office to demand that he be accountable to them and vote against the new funding for the war in Iraq.  When he refused, six people ranging in age from 36 to 86 refused to leave his office.  30 minutes after the office closed, police officers moved in and arrested them.  They were later released.

This action was one of a wave of occupations of congressional offices across the country, according to activists with Operation Occupation.

“We are here to demonstrate our commitment against the war,” stated Will Allen.  “This war will not end until people begin taking more action to stop it.”

The following article appeared on the Vermont Guardian website about the protest:

Protestors camp out in Welch’s congressional office

By Shay Totten | Vermont Guardian

Posted March 20, 2007

BURLINGTON – Antiwar activists from around Vermont camped out in the Burlington office of Rep. Peter Welch, D-VT, Wednesday, hoping to urge him to vote against further funding of the Iraq War.

The House is slated to vote on supplemental spending bill tomorrow. The bill would provide funding for ongoing support of the war, but would set benchmarks for the Iraqi government to meet, and set a deadline of when troops would leave the country.

For those occupying Welch’s office on Wednesday, that’s not good enough.

“We have only one demand, and that is for him to vote against any more money for the prosecution of this war,” said Boots Wardinski, one of the protest organizers. “The supplemental bill they are voting on will just continue to fund this war.”