Aug 31, 2013
06:39 AMThe Connecticut Story
Anti-Obama Protestors Rally Above I-95 Traffic in New Haven
Peter Casolino/New Haven Register
Ronald Peterson, left, Palin Smith, center, and Barbara Atwood protest on the Howard Avenue overpass. The protesters were calling for Obama's impeachment in a series of planned nationwide protests titled; "Overpasses to Impeach Obama." Peterson is from Seymour, Smith is from Woodbury and Atwood is from Watertown.
A group of about a dozen protesters gathered on the Howard Avenue bridge over Interstate 95 in New Haven Friday afternoon to send an “Impeach Obama” message to the traffic rushing past below them.
Waving U.S. flags and yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” Gadsden flags, and attaching signs to the fence saying “Impeach Obama,” they waved to drivers and got some honks in return, presumably in support of their cause.
“Let’s start with Benghazi,” said one man with a bullhorn, referring to the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on the U.S. mission in the Libyan city, which resulted in four deaths, including that of U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens. Initial administration reports that the attack was the spontaneous result of a protest were shown to be inaccurate, and the attack was found to have been planned by al-Qaida. Critics of the administration claim it withheld information about true nature of the incident.
Denise Cassano gave her reasons for protesting: “When there are 30 people who were trapped in a slaughter in Benghazi and no one has been interviewed, when the IRS is attacking specific people based on their political affiliation, when news reporters are being investigated or their computers are being confiscated, when their parents and their families are being wiretapped with no cause, we should be scared. We’re not in America anymore, we’re in China.”
Another man referred to “what’s going on in Syria.”
“This is a serious problem we’re going to have if we do decide — well, not ‘we,’ if the president — decides to attack.”