Illinois Students Stage a 'Die-In'

The protest both condemned and commemorated the Iraq war.

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Marking the upcoming five-year anniversary of the Iraq war, around 50 University of Illinois students staged a march and "die-in" Thursday, the Daily Illini reports. "We're calling it a 'condemoration' because we're both condemning and commemorating the war," said one of the activists. Aside from customary antiwar rhetoric ("We need to stop spending billions of dollars on this illegal and immoral war!" or "It's about ending the military-industrial complex!"), the protesters also drew chalk lines around their "corpses" to really "make passersby understand the human impact of the war." Despite some dirty looks, the event was mostly a success, one of the participants says.