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Groups Protest Bush Library Groundbreaking

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A student walks on the Southern Methodist University (SMU) campus in Dallas. (credit: Getty Images/Brian Harkin)

A student walks on the Southern Methodist University (SMU) campus in Dallas. (credit: Getty Images/Brian Harkin)

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – One day before the groundbreaking of the George W. Bush Presidential Library on the Southern Methodist University campus, a group held a rally and march in protest.

The group, “The People’s Response”, a self-professed coalition of local, state, and national groups, is calling for “accountability for the past and democracy for the future”.

According to 2002 Time Person of the Year Col. Ann Wright, the highest ranking State Department official to resign in protest of the Iraq war, “As a person who spent 29 years in the U.S. military and 16 years in the U.S. diplomatic corps, I am outraged that President Bush purposefully lied America into war.”

State Representative Lon Burnam of Fort Worth is part of the group that’s been demonstrating against having the Bush Library on the university campus. “It greatly diminishes and compromises SMU; because of the President’s record and because of the money involved, and the lack of commitment to intellectual honesty in the presentation at the library,” he said in a KRLD radio interview.

The group, led by the Dallas Peace Center, will also hold a march Tuesday morning during the library groundbreaking.

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