About 1,200 people, including antiwar activist Cindy Sheehan and some movie actors, staged a demonstration Saturday outside the CNN office in Hollywood to call for an end to the war in Iraq and protest the network's coverage of the Bush administration.
Protestors carried red signs in the shape of stop signs that read "Stop Bush." many of them in colorful clothing, calling on the Bush administration to bring U.S. troops home from Iraq and other countries.
The troops were victims of American imperialism, they said, urging the government to start focusing on the welfare of people in the country.
"The two weeks before the election really is when people go to vote, and there's nowhere on the ballot for people to vote against the war and it directly affects the people here in the United States," said Muna Coobte, an organizer with the Act Now to Stop War and End Racism Coalition (ANSWER), which organized the march.
"We had to do a demonstration. For every person that's here, there's another 100 out there," she said.
Demonstrators raised numerous issues besides bringing the troops in Iraq home, including removing troops from other areas such as the Philippines and Haiti, ending U.S. "imperialism" overseas.
During a campaign stop in Indiana earlier Saturday, President George Bush defended his handling of the Iraq war.
"We'll succeed," he said. "The only way we will not succeed is if we leave before the job is done."
At least 98 U.S. service personnel have died in Iraq this month, the most in any month this year and the fourth deadliest month since the war began three and a half years ago.
Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, and who made headlines when she camped out near Bush's ranch in Texas, also participated in the protest, as did Hollywood actors Will Ferrell and Mimi Kennedy.
The protestors also said the news network CNN's coverage of the war and Bush administration was biased.
"The big corporate media outlet, when it comes to the Iraq war, they're just like all the others covering up the crimes of the Bush administration," said Preston Wood, ANSWER's local coordinator." They have to be held accountable."