Veterans, Truckers Protest Over Closed Memorials

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Americans have been protesting against the tactics being used during the shutdown, like spending government money to put up barricades around veterans memorials in the nation's capital.

On Tuesday, a coalition of 33 of the leading veterans and uniformed services organizations protested at the World War II Memorial in Washington. Organizers wanted to highlight the ways the shutdown has been hurting veterans.

It's just the latest in a string of demonstrations being held at the memorials.

In earlier rallies, critics have accused the Obama administration of using heavy-handed tactics to make the shutdown more painful for people.

"You look around and you see these barricades and you have to ask yourself, 'Is this any way that a commander in chief would show his respect, his gratitude, to our military?'" said former vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin at a protest Sunday.

At that event, demonstrators tore down the barricades at the World War II Memorial and carried them all the way to the White House where they dumped them in a heap.

And dozens of truckers launched a three-day protest against the memorial shutdowns, and big government in general, by slowing down traffic around the Washington beltway.

"Every time I turn around I'm paying taxes, taxes, taxes, taxes," one trucker said.

"My healthcare premiums tripled Oct. 1 because of Obamacare," another said.

The truckers say America needs to return to following the Constitution, and the government needs to stop over-spending.

"C'mon, we're like $17 trillion in debt. It's like a credit card," one protestor said.

"We don't need the feds running every little burg between here and California. They can run their own lives," another trucker said.

An organizer of the rally, "General" Ernest Lee, accused President Barack Obama of "tyranny" for shutting down the memorials honoring America's veterans.

On his Facebook page Lee wrote, "You have proven with your actions to hold [us] in so much disdain. We demand you immediately remove all Barrycades from all national parks and monuments, and not to replace those removed by We the People!"

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