Eleven protesters against the Bush administration's Persian Gulf policy were arrested Sunday after they scaled the north fence and dumped red dye, simulating blood, into a White House lawn fountain, federal authorities said.
Another eight were arrested later outside the White House for demonstrating without a permit. They were among a group of 40 demonstrators affiliated with the D.C. Coalition Against the U.S. in the Middle East, according to Doug Holmes of the uniformed division of the U.S. Secret Service.
The protesters, assembled for what they described as a faith and resistance retreat, said in a statement the color symbolized "what President Bush has planned for the Middle East -- bloodshed on a sickening scale." Among those arrested was former Catholic priest Philip Berrigan, a veteran anti-war activist.
The Secret Service said there were no injuries and no damage. Bush was at the presidential retreat at Camp David in the nearby Maryland mountains at the time of the arrests.
In Los Angeles, anti-war activist Ron Kovic, whose autobiography "Born on the Fourth of July" and the film made from it described his fight to overcome paralyzing war wounds, joined more than 200 other people in a demonstration urging Bush to set a date for talks in the gulf crisis.
"I don't want to see another Vietnam in the Persian Gulf," said Kovic Saturday outside the Westwood federal building. "We don't want our men and women to die in a senseless war. This (conflict) is not about naked aggression, it's about oil."