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Vets for Peace Demonstrate Against Fellow Veteran John McCain

On the eve of the Republican National Convention, Vietnam veterans protested the war in Iraq and spoke out against "war hero" John McCain.
Despite the serious questions surrounding the uncertain fate of this week's convention, protests are continuing. On Monday, Iraq Veterans Against the War marched on the Xcel Center in an attempt to raise awareness about what they characterize as Senator John McCain's anti-veteran voting record and his continued support for the occupation of Iraq and the war in Afghanistan.

On Sunday, there was another veteran-led protest, this one organized by Vets for Peace, a large national organization made up of veterans of every war, from Korea and Vietnam and Iraq. Vets for Peace held its national convention here in the Twin Cities over the weekend, drawing hundreds of veterans, and many of its members are staying on to participate in anti-RNC demonstrations. Among the members of Vets For Peace, there's a sizeable contingent of Vietnam War vets. So, too, is the man they are demonstrating against: the presumptive presidential nominee John McCain.

Democracy Now! correspondent Jeremy Scahill filed this report from the streets of the Twin Cities.
Jeremy Scahill is the author of Blackwater: The Rise of the World's Most Powerful Mercenary Army.