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Anti-Bush Protesters March Past Republican Convention Site - 2004-08-29


Tens of thousands of demonstrators marched through New York City Sunday to protest the war in Iraq and other Bush administration policies.

Waving signs and chanting slogans denouncing Mr. Bush, the protesters filed past Madison Square Garden -- site of the Republican National Convention that begins Monday.

Some protesters carried coffins draped in American flags to honor U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq. One of the speakers was the father of Nick Berg, a contractor beheaded by Iraqi kidnappers in May.

A heavy police presence has helped keep the march largely peaceful, although there have been several dozen arrests.

Security is already extra tight in New York amid fears of a terrorist attack during the four-day convention. The Republican Party will formally nominate President Bush to a second term on Thursday.

Some of the protesters have vowed to defy a city ban on political rallies in New York's Central Park. Convention protests are planned through the week.

information for this report is provided by AP and AFP.

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