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Protesting mom Cindy Sheehan arrested at Bush ranch

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Anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan arrested in Crawford, Texas
Official: Sheehan, mother of dead Iraq war soldier, blocked road
Four others were arrested with Sheehan outside the Bush ranch
Vice president's motorcade delayed by the arrests
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CRAWFORD, Texas (CNN) -- Anti-war protester Cindy Sheehan was arrested Thursday afternoon outside President Bush's ranch, according to a law enforcement official.

Sheehan, who in the past has camped out for weeks in protest outside the ranch in Crawford, Texas, was arrested for blocking the road leading to the property, Texas Department of Public Safety's Tela Mange told CNN.

Four others were also arrested after law enforcement officials asked the group to move and they refused, Mange said.

Sheehan "told us if you want us to get out of the road, you're going to have to arrest us," Mange said. "So we did."

The protesters lay in the road about 20 minutes before being taken into custody, she said.

Sheehan and the others were taken to the McLennan County Sheriff's Department, booked and jailed.

It's not known if any of the protesters made bail.

Sheehan and the others are charged with obstructing a highway, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a $2,000 fine and six months in jail, Mange said.

Mange said Vice President Dick Cheney's motorcade was delayed leaving the ranch while officers removed the protesters.

Sheehan's 24-year-old son, Casey, was killed in Iraq in 2004.

She has been arrested previously. She and three other women were convicted earlier this month in New York of trespassing, The Associated Press reported. (Full story)

They had attempted in March 2005 to deliver an anti-Iraq war petition to the United Nations U.S. Mission and ignored signals to disperse, the AP said.

The four were acquitted of disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and obstructing government administration. The Manhattan judge fined them $95 and gave them a conditional discharge.

That meant that if any of the women were arrested again they could face a tougher sentence.

American anti-Iraq war activist Cindy Sheehan speaks earlier this month at the New York Society for Ethical Culture.


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