Saturday, December 20 Anti-War Vigil & Protest: Troops Home Now from Iraq & Afghanistan

Below is a news release for the Saturday anti-war vigil & protest.

Bring a shoe to show solidarity with Iraqi journalist Muntather Al-Zaidi, the Iraqi shoe-thrower!

Anti-war holiday singers from the Counter-Propaganda Coalition!

The Wars Are Not Over
Send an Anti-War Message for the Holidays

Solidarity with Iraqi journalist to be among the themes of Saturday event.

Saturday, December 20
1:00 PM
Library Plaza
Hennepin & Lagoon Ave.
Minneapolis

Anti-war activists will hold a vigil and protest on Saturday, December 20, in the Uptown neighborhood of Minneapolis. The event will be one of many anti-war events scheduled in cities across the U.S. for December 19 and 20.

The Minneapolis vigil and protest is being organized under the call of:

The Wars Are not Over
Send an Anti-War Message for the Holidays
Out of Iraq Out of Afghanistan Bring the Troops Home Now!
Funds for Human Needs, Not Wars & Occupations!

The event will also call for solidarity with Iraqi journalist Muntather Al-Zaidi, who spoke for millions of Iraqis and people across the world when he threw his shoes at President George W. Bush during his recent publicity-stunt “victory  in Baghdad, Iraq. As he threw his shoes, Al-Zaidi called out, This is a gift from the Iraqis; this is the farewell kiss, you dog! This is from the widows, the orphans and those who were killed in Iraq!

A statement issued by organizers says in part, The Iraqi people have taken to the streets in large numbers to speak in support of Muntather Al-Zaidi and against the occupation of their country. Over one million Iraqis have died, been injured or displaced by the war and occupation.

We call for an end to the U.S. occupation of Iraq and join thousands of Iraqis who have demanded that Muntather Al-Zaidi be set free, the statement said.

Recent reports that claim the U.S. is in the process of ending the occupation of Iraq is a myth, say organizers.

Washington and its dependent Iraqi government signed Status of Forces agreement, supposedly calling for the U.S. military to leave Iraqi cities by July 1, 2009, and all of Iraq by 2012. But even this outrageous extension of an illegal occupation is just one more piece of deception, as was soon made clear by top U.S. and Iraqi officials.

The ink was hardly dry on the agreement when, on December 12, official Iraq government spokesman Ali al Dabbagh dismissed the idea that U.S. troops would leave by 2012.

The next day, General Raymond Odierno, commander of “coalition (U.S.) forces in Iraq, stated that thousands of U.S. troops could remain inside Iraqi cities after July 1, 2009, as part of “training and mentoring teams.

In addition, the Pentagon is planning to send thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan starting this winter.

The wars and occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan never had anything to do with fighting terrorism, or defending freedom and supporting democracy. The wars were launched on a bed of lies and deceptions. These wars and occupations must end. In this holiday season, we call for an end to the wars and for U.S. troops to be brought home, organizers said.

With millions of people affected by the economic crisis, suffering the losses of jobs, foreclosures and evictions, the Pentagon budget eats up billions that ought to be used for human needs, not war,” said the statement.

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2 Comments

  1. al Zaidi’s use of a shoe as political protest is a dramatic improvement over the other most notorioususe of a shoe in recent years.

    I will take simple assault by shoe over shoe as a WMD on a packed passenger jet any day of the week!

    Who knows, maybe in a few years hence people throughout the Middle East, rather than planting explosives in shoes, or throwing them at politicians they revile, may simply wear them back and forth from work, the market, etc., just like people in many other parts of the world.

    One can only hope. . .

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  2. peace1

     /  January 7, 2009

    LOL

    Reply

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