About two dozen anti-war protesters wearing pro-peace T-shirts
and signs were asked to leave Crossgates Mall late Saturday
Mall security would not answer questions about the incident,
issuing only a terse ``no comment.''
Guilderland police were called to the scene to make sure the
protesters left. Two people who wore slogans said they did not
hand out leaflets or talk to other customers. The plan was to
peacefully walk the mall corridors, they said.
``We made a definite decision not to do that because we didn't
want to intrude on people's privacy,'' said Maureen Aumand,
56, who lives in Colonie and works as a school librarian in
She said she wore a sandwich board that read, ``Peace on Earth
for once.'' She had planned to finish her own Christmas shopping,
but was at the mall less than an hour before guards asked her
Joe Seeman, a 42-year-old computer programmer, had removed
his ``Don't Invade Iraq'' T-shirt at security's request, but
said the officers still asked him to leave. A Guilderland police
officer, they said, followed them to Aumand's car and stayed
by the vehicle until they pulled away.
-- Anne Miller