Thousands protest in downtown
By KELLY LOVE and ANTONIA GIEDWOYN, KGW Staff
Thousands of people representing dozens of community groups, churches and political organizations descended upon downtown Portland Sunday afternoon in a mostly peaceful demonstration against the possible war with Iraq.
Police arrested one man after he jumped on a police car and spit on two officers as they tried to subdue him. The man, who identified himself as John Doe, was booked into jail on several charges including harassment and disorderly conduct.
Marchers forced traffic to halt through downtown as they chanted "Peace, no war!"
Anti-war protestors filled the streets of downtown Portland Sunday. (KGW Photo)
Fifty groups sponsored the march, and another 50 groups endorsed it, including many Portland area churches.
According to national polls, the protestors share a minority opinion. However, the split between the pro-war and anti-war sentiment has narrowed. In June, 61 percent of Americans supported war with Iraq. As of this week, support fell to 53 percent.