Several hundred anti-war protesters have begun their second week of demonstrations outside President Bush's Crawford, Texas ranch.

At the center of the protests is a California woman whose son was killed in Iraq last year.  Cindy Sheehan came to Crawford a week ago demanding to talk to Mr. Bush about the death of her son and the rationale behind the Iraq conflict.

On Saturday, dozens of anti-war demonstrators squared off with counter-protesters outside Mr. Bush's ranch.

Authorities turned out in force to keep the two groups separated.

Mr. Bush has said he understands the sentiments of anti-war protesters, but he repeated his position that U.S. troops will not be immediately withdrawn from Iraq.

Some information for this report provided by AFP