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Wednesday, August 23, 2006

Salt Lake Braces For Bush Visit, Rallies

President Bush will be in Salt Lake City Aug 30-31 to speak at an American Legion convention, and also at a Senator Orrin Hatch fundraiser.

Five different groups have applied for permits to hold rallies on Aug 30, at locations around downtown, Pioneer Park and Liberty Park.

The largest is expected to attract about 5,000 to Washington Square in downtown Salt Lake City. National anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan and Salt Lake Mayor Rocky Anderson will speak to that group.

A pro-Bush group will rally at the square later in the day. Another group will gather at Liberty Park to promote peace while also supporting our troops. And a group will rally for immigration law reform.

Utah is considered one of the “reddest of red” states, yet Salt Lake City often supports Democrats (and elected a liberal Democrat as mayor).

Rallies and protests here are usually tame. Still, the Salt Lake Police Department has scheduled extra shifts to handle any problems.

This newspaper article has more details.

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