Western Colorado Man Arrested With Cindy Sheehan Outside White House

Washington (AP) A Crawford, Colorado man says it was an honor to be arrested with a group of people taken into custody during an anti–war demonstration outside the White House. Fifty–eight–year–old Gary Handschumacher was waiting for police to arrest him Monday afternoon as he joined Cindy Sheehan and others in calling for an end to the war in Iraq.

Sheehan is the California mother whose 24–year–old son, Casey, was killed last year in an ambush in Sadr City, Iraq. She attracted worldwide attention last month with a 26–day vigil outside President Bush's ranch in Texas.

The group first rallied in a park across the street from the White House, then marched to the executive mansion's gates. The protesters sat down on a walkway and began singing and chanting.

Sheehan and Handschumacher were among some 370 protesters
arrested during a four–and–a–half–hour period. All but one were charged with demonstrating without a permit, a misdemeanor. The other faced a charge of crossing a police line.

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