Controversial peace activist speaks in Brunswick

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BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A woman known for her protests against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan became the target of a protest in Brunswick County Monday evening.

Cindy Sheehan drew crowds both inside and outside the Odell Williamson Auditorium. About 30 veterans and their families gathered outside Brunswick Community College, armed with signs.

"What she has said about the military and our country...I just can't handle that," said protestor and military veteran Jim Parsch.

Sheehan became a household name and major force in the anti-war movement after her son was killed fighting in Iraq in 2004.

She made national news when she camped outside President George W. Bush's Texas ranch, demanding to meet with the President.  Since, she's become the poster mom for the anti-war protest.

"Eight hundred people cam in one day, and that's when I started thinking, wow, what have we done here?" said Sheehan.

Four years later, Sheehan is still a symbol of the anti-war movement.

"I'm not stopping," said Sheehan. "Even though we have a new president, the policies are still the same."

During her speech, Sheehan addressed a few issues that make her especially controversial. She says she never spoke with former Cuban leader Fidel Castro, like some claim, and has never protested a military funeral.

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