- js reader version
- email this article
- view hidden posts
- tags and related articles
Tuesday, Feb. 07, 2012 at 12:43 AM
"No war, no sanctions, no intervention, no assassinations!" was the slogan on the lead banner of the New York demonstration, which was sponsored by an ad hoc committee of several groups. Many placards and hand-made signs also pointed to Wall Street and the banks as the real danger, not Iran.
The corporate media have been reporting for weeks that the Israeli regime is weighing an attack on Iran aimed at dismantling its nuclear program. Yet even former U.S. intelligence officers point out that Iran's nuclear development is entirely peaceful; it is not building any nuclear weapons. (See "Divining the Truth About Iran" by Ray McGovern, published by commondreams.org.) Yet totally unsubstantiated claims to the contrary form the basis on which Israel, which itself has a large nuclear arsenal and has been armed and financed by the U.S., is now publicly claiming its right to launch a military attack on Iran.
The process has already begun in the major corporate media to give credibility to Israel's charges and soften up public opinion to accept such a criminal act, which would unleash yet another devastating war in this oil-rich region so coveted by imperialism. A large crowd marched in New York from Times Square to the U.S. Mission to the United Nations and then to the Israeli Consulate. The French press agency AFP estimated the protest at 500. Groups participating included the International Action Center, No War on Iran, American Iranian Friendship Committee, United National Anti-War Committee and Answer.
An Iranian explained that the most important issue was the thousands of assassinations that have taken place of Iranian scientists, state representatives and even parliament ministers, for which the Iranian people blame Israel and the U.S. This has united the Iranian people, he said, against foreign intervention and war. The war has already started because sanctions are an act of war. Even many of those who have opposed the Iranian government are now seeing that their main enemy is U.S. imperialism, he added.
In Los Angeles, some 200 rallied at the city's busiest intersection by the Wiltshire Federal Bldg. Speakers included representatives from the Union of Progressive Iranians, CISPES (Committee in Solidarity with the People of El Salvador), BAYAN-USA, ALBA-USA, Bail Out the People Movement, Workers World Party, Southern California Immigration Coalition and the International Action Center. Some people who had been at an Answer event several blocks away later joined the main rally.
In Boston, over 300 rallied and marched through downtown and rallied at the beginning, the end and at the Israeli Consulate. It was initiated by the Occupy Boston Action for Peace Working Group and had participation and speakers from Boston UNAC, Vets for Peace, the International Action Center, the Boston School Bus union, the Women's Figthback Network, United for Justice with Peace, Dorcester Peace Action, and many others.
Other major cities with protests included Albany, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, D.C., Atlanta, Tampa, Cincinnati, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Dallas, Houston, Tucson, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle and Honolulu.
The demonstrations were pulled together on only two weeks' notice, but they also inspired similar protests in Vancouver and Calgary, Canada, as well as in Bangladesh, India, Britain, Ireland and Norway.
Stop War on Iran
c/o Solidarity Center
55 W 17th St Suite 5C
New York, NY 10011
Report this post as:
LATEST COMMENTS ABOUT THIS ARTICLE
Listed below are the 10 latest comments of 1 posted about this article.
These comments are anonymously submitted by the website visitors.
Update on WHAT IS HAPPENING AT KPFK and what can be done & elections
A Letter (sent) to L.A. Slut Walk
Protesters Enact Symbolic "Die In" to Unwelcome Narendra Modi to Silicon Valley
More Local News...
gratuitous evil of fbi
fbi gratuitous evil
US Attorney acomplice to fbi crimes
BEWARE OF THIS PERSON
Southern US News and Strategy October 2015
Afghanistans Revolutionary Assoc. of Women of Afghanistan
Visa wars: Guatemala vs. El salvador
TTIP: Attack on Democracy and the Constitutional State
The Latest NYT Propaganda Piece on Syria
US and Rogue Allies Plot Plan B in Syria
Putin: The Best Hope for World Peace
Straight Talk on Israeli Viciousness
Israel on a Rampage
weep for USA
Abe calls Fukushima seawater contamination „negligible“
Putin Irresponsibly Bashed for Doing the Right Thing
Doctors Without Borders Spokesperson Says US Knew Coordinators Of Hospital
The Mexican revolution, economic crimes and police on side of korean dissidents
Polar Opposite US/Russian Agendas in Syria
Obama Irresponsibly Bashes Putin
Paraphysique de la plus-value
fbi/cia/usa agravar muchos problemas de Mexico
New Nafta Interpretation allows Mexican 18 Wheelers into U.S> Markets
National Mobilization for Common Sense Gun Laws usa 2015
State Indebtedness: The Beloved Enemy
Obama's Phony War on ISIS
Propaganda War on Russia in High Gear
Disbandment of militias key to Peace in Mindanao, Philippines
More Breaking News...