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Jun 17, 2007 at 09:24am IST

Anti-war protests continue in NYC

New York: Ahead of the fourth anniversary of US invasion of Iraq, thousands of protestors took the streets shouting anti-war slogans across United States and major European capitals. CNN's Jim Acosta followed one young activist who would like to see her generation play a larger role in the peace movement.

Born in the Ukraine at the end of the cold war now a college student in New York Kseniya Vondarenko doesn't take her right to free speech lightly. "It's kind of up to us to really say no and this is not right," said Kseniya.

Kseniya joined the thousands of anti-war activists on the streets of Manhattan calling for an end to the Iraq war. "The people want the president to know. They want congress to know that we want an end to this war," she said.

It was four years ago on these same streets when a much larger march numbering in the hundreds of thousands tried to stop the war before it started. While only a fraction of those numbers turned out on Monday, Kseniya says young adults like herself are only now joining the peace movement.

"I'm so active now. But it's only happened. So maybe we're still only now trying to get people involved," she added.

Kseniya shrugs off comparisons to the big protests during the Vietnam war as does her professor who says those anti-war marches attracted more young people for one simple reason. "A big difference now is that there is no draft. If there were a draft I think you would see an enormous movement," said Professor James Davis.

Whatever be the numbers, peace protesters say public sentiment has turned against the war and now is the time for Washington to act.

While much of the outrage at this protest is directed at president bush, there is also growing impatience out here with democrats in congress who were elected, these people say, with a mandate to end the war.

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