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Protester at Laura Bush Speech Arrested

September 17, 2004|From Associated Press

HAMILTON, N.J. — A woman wearing a T-shirt with the words "President Bush You Killed My Son" and a picture of a soldier killed in Iraq was detained Thursday after she interrupted a campaign speech by First Lady Laura Bush.

Police escorted Sue Niederer, of Hopewell, N.J., from a rally at a firehouse after she demanded to know why her son, Army 1st Lt. Seth Dvorin, 24, was killed in Iraq. Dvorin died in February while trying to disarm a bomb.

As shouts of "Four More Years" subsided, Niederer, standing in the middle of a crowd of about 700, continued to shout about the killing of her son. Local police escorted her from the event, handcuffed her and put her in the back of a police van.

Niederer was later charged with defiant trespass and released.

The first lady continued speaking, touting her husband's record on the economy, healthcare and the war on terrorism to those attending the rally in this suburban community of 90,000 people near Trenton.

She made several references to the Sept. 11 attacks, and said that many people in New Jersey, including some in neighborhoods near the firehouse, lost family members that day.

"It's for our country, it's for our children, our grandchildren that we do the hard work of confronting terror," Bush said.

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