KENNEBUNKPORT (AP) – A group opposed to the war in Iraq is planning a demonstration during President Bush’s visit this weekend.

Within minutes of his arrival, the president joined his father, former President George H.W. Bush, aboard his fishing boat.

People across New England who oppose the war in Iraq are being invited to join in Saturday’s demonstration, according to Bruce Gagnon, one of the organizers. Gagnon said the demonstrators are upset with Congress as well as Bush.

“It’s a bipartisan war. We’re critical of all of those who’re funding the war. One of our key demands is to stop the funding for the war,” he said Thursday.

The group plans to march through Dock Square toward Walker’s Point, but the protesters won’t be allowed close to the home of former President Bush and his wife, Barbara. Roads leading to and from Walker’s Point will be blocked off.

In the past, the younger Bush’s visits have been largely uneventful. Bush typically goes fishing and golfing with his father.

It has been two years since Bush’s last visit. He planned to return last fall, but Hurricane Katrina and flooding in New Orleans got in the way.

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