Anti-war group protests Obama plan

by Eugene FieldsOrange County Register

ORANGE Code Pink, a women's anti-war activist group, held a protest rally in Plaza Park on Wednesday evening to protest President Barack Obama's decision to send 30,000 U.S. troops to Afghanistan in 2010.

Eight people attended the rally in Plaza Park, some holding signs bearing the peace symbol and others reading "Save Our Troops, Bring Them Home." Code Pink spokeswoman Kathy Hundemer said the group had been meeting weekly in the Plaza for the past five years to protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

PHOTOS » Activist with the Orange County chapter of Code Pink Kathy Hundemer at the Orange Plaza Wednesday to protest the decision by President Obama to send more troops to Afghanistan

Hundemer said the group scaled back to meeting only on the first and third Wednesday of each month in January to see if Obama would honor his campaign promise to end the war.

"We thought maybe he'd start to pull out the brigades," Hundemer said. "Our numbers were dwindling, but we were still a presence to remind people that war is still going on."