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1000 SAY NO FOR EUGENE! AT 8:30 PM CANDLELIGHT VIGIL AND RALLY CONTINUE

Mixed 1000 congregate at Federal Building for afternoon rally, demo continues (as of 8:30 PM) with candles and lanterns. Although no sign of current demo ending, other protestors call for return to Federal Building Friday 12NOON and 4PM
1000 SAY NO FOR EUGENE!  AT 8:30 PM CANDLELIGHT VIGIL AND RALLY CONTINUE
1000 SAY NO FOR EUGENE! AT 8:30 PM CANDLELIGHT VIGIL AND RALLY CONTINUE
At the U.S. Federal Building in Eugene, OR, a 4PM rally to stop the invasion swelled to some 1000 persons by 5:30PM (including one counter-demonstrator, a man whose sign attacking treason and sedition was ambiguous...motorists gave him peace sign thinking he was refering to Bush!) Demonstrators, cosmopolitan and including persons in tie-die holding candles, persons wearing black block, and persons in suits and dresses getting off of work, occupied all four sides of the intersection and united to urge the rush hour motorists to stop the war and impeach Bush. Anti-war speakers and local singing groups again took the stage and urged fortitude for a long struggle, as well as expressing sadness for the lost of life to date.

But much of the crowd was not focused on the speakers, instead interacting with motorists, a public who continued to express overwheling support for the protesters even to the obvious discomfort of the police. Police and sherrif presence, both on bikes and on foot, was heavy, particularly earlier in the afternoon.

Demonstrators were bouyed by world solidarity as the reports came in: 6,000 taking over Lakeshore freeway in Chicago, thousands of protestors, over 500 arrests, and dozens of actions in San Fransisco, bridge protests in Portland, 100,000 in Berlin.



At 8:30 PM the spirited demonstration continues. Other activists promised a regrouping at 12 NOON and 4PM Friday.