Sunday, September 13, 2009
Thousands of protesters from around the country gathered in Washington Saturday to demonstrate against expanding government intrusions, witnesses said.
The attendees at the rally, spurred by U.S. President Barack Obama’s efforts to reform the U.S. healthcare system and organized by anti-tax groups, stretched by Saturday morning from Washington’s downtown Freedom Plaza onto Pennsylvania Avenue and into surrounding streets as demonstrators prepared for a march to the U.S. Capitol, The New York Times reported.
The newspaper said the demonstrators carried signs reading, “Congress: are you stoned or just stupid? Please wake up and save America,” “We are under attack by our own government,” and “Our Constitution has termites!”
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The Times said the rally started peacefully, with few counterdemonstrators. The protesters reportedly identified themselves as Republicans, libertarians and independents, with some speakers denouncing the healthcare reforms as “socialism” and others carrying Confederate and U.S. flags.
As the marchers rallied in Washington, Obama was flying to Minneapolis to stump for his healthcare reform agenda. In his weekly radio and Internet address, he warned that failure to institute reforms would result in nearly half of all Americans under age 65 possibly losing their health coverage at some point in the next decade.
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