Sheehan, Other Protesters Remain Jailed

(December 29, 2006)—Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan and four other protesters remained in the McLennan County Jail Friday.

McLennan County sheriff’s deputies and Department of Public Safety troopers arrested the five protesters Thursday at a barricade near Crawford as President Bush met with top advisers to discuss Iraq war strategy at his Central Texas ranch.

They were charged with obstructing a highway or other passageway, which is a Class B misdemeanor.

The protesters told a News Ten crew as they were led into the police department they didn’t know why they had been taken into custody, but authorities said Sheehan and the others lay or sat in the road at a checkpoint for about 20 minutes and didn't heed requests to move.

Sheehan arrived earlier this week in Central Texas and said she was calling on supporters to join in what she called “an action” Thursday to coincide with the meeting on war strategy.

Top officials including Vice President Dick Cheney, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and Defense Secretary Robert Gates flew into Central Texas for the meeting.

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