Anti-war protesters vandalize Capitol building; Update: Protesters spat on Iraq war vet?

The Hill reports that anti-war protesters in town this weekend for the big defeat rally decided to spray their dissent all over the steps of the U.S. Capitol building:

Approximately 300 protesters were allowed to take the steps and began to spray paint “anarchist symbols” and phrase such as “Our capitol building” and “you can’t stop us” around the area, thesource said.

No shame:

“To get that close to the Capitol building, that is ridiculous,” the second source said. “[Police] were told not to arrest anyone.

The second source added that police had to stand by and watch as protesters posed in front of their graffiti.

Update (AP): Kristinn Taylor has a post up at Free Republic claiming that Iraq war vet Joshua Sparling — no stranger to derision from the anti-war side — was spat on when he turned out to counterprotest in D.C. this weekend.

Update (AP): Good news: he wasn’t spit on. Bad news: he was spit at.

There were a few tense moments, however, including an encounter involving Joshua Sparling, 25, who was on crutches and who said he was a corporal with the 82nd Airborne Division and lost his right leg below the knee in Ramadi, Iraq. Mr. Sparling spoke at a smaller rally held earlier in the day at the United States Navy Memorial, and voiced his support for the administration’s policies in Iraq.

Later, as antiwar protesters passed where he and his group were standing, words were exchanged and one of the antiwar protestors spit at the ground near Mr. Sparling; he spit back.

Thanks to RLW for the tip.