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Protesters mark Vice President Cheney's visit: Photo by Shomial AhmadProtesters mark Vice President Cheney's visit: Photo by Shomial AhmadAs Vice President Cheney's term draws to a close, his appearances still draw crowds of demonstrators. A group of anti-war activists assembled in New London to protest Cheney's presence at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

"Don't you know. They got to go. Impeach Bush and Cheney now. With all our clout. Let's kick them out."

The Raging Grannies led a crowd of more than 100 demonstrators in songs of protest. The anti-war grandmothers wore black veils and held cardboard tombstones inscribed with the names of more than 4,000 fallen American soldiers. 81-year-old Ruth Cook wore a button that says "Give Impeach a Chance."

"We're so opposed to everything that Vice President Cheney-- I hate to give him that name-- is doing all the time. He's the one who's trying to get us into war with Iran and I think it's disgraceful that he's the commencement speaker at the Coast Guard Academy."

Near Cook were some younger activists. UConn Student Jason Ortiz wore a black robe and held a Cheney face mask.

Larry Bailey, Chairman of A Gathering of Eagles: Photo by Shomial AhmadLarry Bailey, Chairman of A Gathering of Eagles: Photo by Shomial Ahmad
"I'm actually playing Dick Cheney, and we've decided that we're going to make a grim Cheney impression today. Kind of the merchant of death sort of theme."

In a procession punctuated by the beating of drums, the protestors marched to the entrance of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy. About a dozen members from the pro-military group, The Gathering of Eagles, came out to support the graduating cadets. The group addressed the anti-war activists with their own counter-protest, chanting "Victory then Peace."

See more pictures of protesters and counter-protesters at WNPR's Flickr Site.