War Protesters, Counter-Protesters Square Off in Tacoma, WA
About 150 people - those opposed to the Iraq War and those supporting it - gathered noisily outside the Tacoma Mall office building on Saturday as a protest marking the upcoming fifth anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
Dozens of police officers, including some in full SWAT gear, served as a buffer zone between the two sides.
The protest targeted the office building because of U.S. military recruiting stations in it.
Protesters held anti-war signs and banners, while counter-protesters waved American flags. The demonstrators shouted insults at each other and each side attempted to out-yell the other side.
Protesters held up photos of Iraq detainees tortured at Abu Ghraib prison in Baghad. They also laid out 281 pairs of shoes on the sidewalk in front of the building, including 81 pairs of combat boots that carried tags bearing the name of a U.S. military member killed in Iraq who listed Washington as his or her home state. The protesters said the 200 pairs of shoes represented the 200-to-1 ratio of the Iraqi-to-American death rate.