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(NECN: Washington, D.C.) - Eight protesters, including activist Cindy Sheehan, were arrested at an anti-war rally and march in the nation's capital. They were taken into custody after laying coffins at a fence outside the White House.
Thousands of anti-war protesters gathered at a park near the White House on Saturday. They called for the immediate withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, and an end to war across the globe.
"We did lose some momentum when Obama came into office, but now we have younger people that are very energetic. They know we can change the world," Sheehan said.
She has been a vocal critic of the Iraq War since her 21-year-old son, Casey, was killed in Iraq in April 2004.
The march was scheduled to coincide with the seventh anniversary of the launch of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.