Not all of the demonstrators outside the Halliburton shareholders’ meeting Wednesday were from out of town.

A handful of local residents arrived at the Simmons Center to show their support of the protest, especially for the anti-war movement.

The Rev. Tracy L. Wilson, pastor of First Christian Church, delivered a speech that included an appreciation of the law enforcement agents for keeping things peaceful, appreciation that the protesters remained peaceful, words of support for the typical Duncan Halliburton employee, and most of all, a message against the Iraq war.

“An eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth, and the whole world ends up toothless,” Wilson said, quoting Mother Teresa. “War is just increasing the terrorism around the world. Let’s bring our young men and women home.”

Another local resident who spoke was the Rev. Phil Wahl, thanking the protesters for coming to Duncan.

“The peace movement, I hope, will gain momentum,” Wahl, a retired Methodist minister, said during a brief speech.

Many protesters camped at Lake Humphreys Tuesday night and others managed to find a hotel room before they were all booked.

Some protesters arrived at about 6 a.m. to set up signs and a public address system, three hours before the meeting started. Most of the crowd was gone by 1 p.m., with some on their way to Oklahoma City for a teach-in and others to bail out their fellow members from jail.

A counter-protester arrived at the demonstration and stayed briefly.

Jan Gaddis, a local attorney, brought along with her a sign that read “I Support Halliburton.” She briefly paraded within sight of the protesters before police asked her to move to an area closer to the building, away from the demonstration.

“I think Halliburton is an incredible company,” Gaddis said. “I appreciate what they build and what they do for the country. I planned to stay long enough to show them there is someone willing to support Halliburton.”

Gaddis was the only person to file for a counter-protest permit.

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