Protest campsite moving closer to Bush ranch
Relative of man who fired shotgun offers space to antiwar demonstrators
CRAWFORD, Texas - Antiwar protester Cindy Sheehan, whose son was killed in Iraq, is moving her camp closer to President BushÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s Texas ranch.
The piece of private property was offered by a relative of a man who had fired a shotgun in frustration over the protests, a source in the Sheehan camp said. The property owner is also a veteran.
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œA neighbor of President BushÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s has offered us his land,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â the source said. ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œItÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s got plenty of acreage for us, itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s private land, we would have legal permission to be on it, itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s much closer to the ranch ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬Â in fact itÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s across the street from his (BushÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s) church.ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â
ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œWe have taken him up on his offer,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â the source added.
Sheehan was not immediately available for comment.
Sheehan was expected to begin moving as early as Wednesday morning.
She is in the 10th day of her vigil on Prairie Chapel Road, which leads to BushÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s 1,600-acre ranch. She calls her site ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã…â€œCamp Casey,ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã‚Â after her 24-year-old son, who was killed in combat in Iraq.
According to the source, the land offered to Sheehan is owned by Fred Mattlage, who is a distant cousin of Larry Mattlage, a man who fired a shotgun over the weekend in frustration over the commotion caused by the vigil.
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