A Saturday rally against the troops led by anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan at Travis Air Force Base nearly ended in a brawl when a military veteran physically confronted the protesters.
Videotape of the incident shows that Sheehan yelled “Get out of my face” through the megaphone at the man, who slapped the device away. Other protesters immediately joined Sheehan and traded insults with the man, and a shoving match broke out.
Anti-war group Code Pink demonstrated at the military base Saturday morning in the first of six planned protests against unmanned military drones currently in use in overseas war zones. (They protest on a daily basis in front of the USMC recruiting office in Berkeley)
Sheehan, a well-known anti-war activist whose son was killed while serving in Iraq in 2004, was leading the demonstration with a megaphone when a man dressed in a formal military uniform stepped up to her and berated her. Military police quickly pulled the two sides apart.
The military veteran told reporters that he was upset with the anti-war protesters’ effect on troop morale. “They ruin the troops. They get to the troops. They did the same thing in Vietnam,” he said.
The man declined to give his name to reporters. “I don’t want to be a personality over this, that’s not my intention,” he said.
Sheehan told reporters that she was disappointed her protest against what she called “morally reprehensible” military drones was interrupted by the man. “We are here non-violently, and he came up and shoved the megaphone into my face,” she said. “I’m never going to stop, no matter how we’re oppressed.”
Sheehan said she would be speaking to an attorney about legal action against the man.
Code Pink protester Xan Joy, who physically confronted the man during the incident, called the man a “bully” and said his behavior was meant to intimidate the protesters.
“He should be so happy and grateful that there are people in this country that are trying to protect him and his children and everybody’s children from war,” Joy said.
The events of the day did not end when the protesters packed up and left. When part of Code Pink’s caravan paused in the middle of the road, Sheehan was given a ticket for impeding traffic.
“I got assaulted by this old man and I’m the one given a ticket. So, yeah, it’s bulls***,” Sheehan said. (They should’ve locked up her America-hating ass) Sweetness & Light