11 arrested at White House gulf protest

December 31, 1990|By Washington Bureau of The Sun

WASHINGTON -- Eleven demonstrators scaled the White House fence yesterday and dumped red dye into the fountain on the front lawn to protest threatened U.S. military action in the Persian Gulf.

The demonstrators, including two from Baltimore, were arrested by security agents. A Secret Service spokesman said they probably would be charged with unlawful entry and destruction of government property.

The Secret Service identified the group as the Coalition to Stop Intervention in the Middle East/Faith and Resistance.

In a statement, the group said, "We have come here today to dye the White House fountain the color of blood in order to make it clear what President Bush has planned for the Mideast: bloodshed on a sickening scale. We see the fountain of clear water as an obscenity masking the awful realities of this administration. . . .We reverence life and say 'No more war.' "

A spokesman for the group, Marge Van Cleef, said James Reale and Greg Boertje of Baltimore, both representing Jonah House, were among those arrested. Arrested outside the White House fence were peace activist Philip F. Berrigan and his daughter, Frida, who were charged with demonstrating without a permit.

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