About 25 demonstrators took a protest of U.S. military presence in the Persian Gulf to downtown's evening rush hour yesterday.
The demonstrators, part of the newly formed Baltimore Area Coalition to Stop U.S. Intervention in the Middle East, gathered on the corner of Baltimore and St. Paul streets at 5:30 p.m.
Chanting "Bush, Bush, we won't go, we won't fight for Texaco," they held up signs for rush-hour traffic and handed out a brochure promoting another demonstration at Lexington Mall on Oct. 6.
Most pedestrians avoided the group. Several who stopped to chat with demonstrators said they still supported U.S. intervention in the Middle East. "But for the U.S. presence, I think Saudi Arabia might have been invaded," said Kenneth X. Warren, a Baltimore lawyer.