Protests throughout the state today, the day after President Bush declared war against Iraq.
The largest and most disruptive protests are in San Francisco, where thousands of protesters are roving through the streets. At least 500 have now been arrested. At U.C. Berkeley, thousands of people packed Sproul Plaza. In San Jose, about 100 people gathered at the federal building, and about 250 joined a rally at San Jose State University. Those protests were both peaceful. Protesters also gathered at military recruiting stations in Capitola.
In Southern California, celebrities picking up their Oscar gowns in West Hollywood were greeted by an anti-war group. The group handed out pins featuring a peace symbol, and asked stars to wear them to the Oscars. An after-work rally is also planned for the federal building near the U.C.L.A. campus.