A few dozen tourists, reporters and
antiwar protesters gathered at a checkpoint leading to Walker’s
Point in Kennebunkport Saturday as President Bush prepared for a lunch
meeting with French President Nicolas Sarcozy.
The leader of the activists, Jamilla El-Shafei, offered ":Iraqi
freedom fries": to passers by to suggest that Iraq should be free
from U.S. occupation. She also handed out fresh peaches that she
Police Chief Joseph Bruni and a couple of state troopers were
near the checkpoint that blocked off a section of Ocean Avenue in
front of Bush’s patents’ home to all but local traffic.
El-Shafei had organized a rally early last month that drew 1,700
people when Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Walker’s
Point. She plans what she says will be an even larger event on
August 25th even though the president won’t be in Maine that day.
E-Shafei said she didn’t have the time or energy to mobilize for
the Bush-Sarcozy visit on such short notice but felt compelled to
hold a small vigil.