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Obama faces smattering of protests on Hawaiian vacation

Published on Dec 29, 2013 6:01 AM
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Protesters hold signs as the motorcade of US President Barack Obama returns to Obama's vacation home in Kailua, Hawaii on Dec 28, 2013. The serenity of Mr Obama's Hawaiian vacation was rattled a little on Saturday when demonstrators aired grievances against unmanned aircraft and other issues in a small protest zone near the first family's upscale rented house. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KAILUA, Hawaii (REUTERS) - The serenity of President Barack Obama's Hawaiian vacation was rattled a little on Saturday when demonstrators aired grievances against unmanned aircraft and other issues in a small protest zone near the first family's upscale rented house.

Returning from an early morning gym visit at nearby Marine Corps Base Hawaii, Mr Obama's motorcade passed a few dozen protesters holding signs with slogans including "Drones: Unethical and Illegal," "USBases Out" and "Close Guantanamo Now". Others expressed their opposition to genetically modified foods.

It marked a second day of peaceful protest surrounding Obama, who is spending a two-week vacation in Kailua with wife Michelle, daughters Malia and Sasha, the first lady's mother, Ms Marian Robinson, and the family's Portuguese Water Dogs, Bo and Sunny.

On Friday evening, as many as 27 protesters turned out to demonstrate against the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade pact being negotiated between the United States and several Asian and South American countries.

 
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