Five women, most of them grandmothers, handcuffed themselves to the Edith Green-Wendell Wyatt Federal Building in Portland this morning to protest President Bush's escalation of troops in Iraq.
"We have a duty to protest when our elected officials are committing illegal acts," said 64-year-old DeEtte Beghtol as city police worked to uncuff her from the front door of the downtown building.
Beghtol said not protesting would have made her complicit in the Bush administration's doings overseas. And she said protesters picked the Federal Building for a reason.
"It's the closest we can get to the White House," said the Portland resident, "without traveling thousands of miles."
Beghtol said protesters brought their own handcuffs. Then, smiling weakly at the officers attempting to free her from the front door, she said, "They have their own keys."