Anti-Bush Rally Scheduled Across From White House Thursday

By Susan Jones | July 7, 2008 | 8:30 PM EDT

( - An anti-Bush political action committee is bringing its displeasure with the president's re-election practically to the White House doorstep on Thursday.

In a noontime rally in Lafayette Park (across from the White House), the group called "ReDefeatBush" will lead a demonstration against what it calls "the suspicious mismanagement of the 2004 election and the escalation of the war" (the fighting in Fallujah).

In a press release, ReDefeatBush said it wants to "expose the crimes against democracy committed in Ohio and Florida and show them as part of a pattern designed to benefit Bush...and to get Americans to face the truth about Iraq and about the huge deception of every war since World War I." The deception is that "more war will bring peace," the group said.

"There is compelling evidence that the voting irregularities last week were not random," said ReDefeatBush founder David Lytel.

"In Ohio and Florida there are cases of precincts reporting more votes than voters, widespread and systematic delays limited to Democratic areas, and reports that the single most important county in Ohio -- where Bush generated a third of his statewide margin over Kerry -- blocked outside observers from monitoring the vote count at the direction of the Department of Homeland Security, making it the only one of Ohio's 88 counties to violate state law this way."

The National Park Service has issued a permit for Thursday's demonstration, ReDefeatBush said, noting that this will be the first protest rally since a pedestrian mall officially opened earlier this week on Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House.

Anna Burger, the international secretary-treasurer of the Service Employees International Union, is listed as the featured speaker at Thursday's rally.

ReDefeatBush says it reaches approximately 50,000 Democratic activists on a regular basis through its website and e-mails.

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