Protesters Hoot At Bush In Edison

CourierPostOnline — Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Gannett State Bureau

EDISON — More than 150 protesters waved signs and chanted as President Bush's motorcade passed by shortly after 5 p.m. on its way to a Republican fundraiser at a convention hall in Raritan Center.

"Hey Bush, we know you. You're a thief and a liar and a killer too!" chanted protesters through a loudspeaker as they stood atop a school bus painted red, white and blue with the slogan "Bus for Change."

Protesters voiced dissent about American involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan. One sign read, "How many pints of blood are in a gallon of gas?" and "Bush is a war criminal." Several protesters held photos of New Jersey soldiers killed overseas as the motorcade rolled by.

Earlier, Democratic politicians from around the state as well as members of organizations opposed to Bush policies gave speeches at a rally in a back parking lot on King Georges Road. Springsteen music blared from the "Bus for Change."

Shortly before the motorcade passed, Edison police, at Democratic Mayor Jun Choi's request, escorted the protesters to a corner where they could be seen and heard by those in the president's motorcade.

No Republican supporters were seen near the protest staging area.

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