Wednesday, 8 February 2012

Rallies Held in America against Iran War

The demonstrations were staged on Saturday in 60 cities across the US, including Washington DC, New York, Boston, Chicago, Philadelphia and San Francisco. In Canada, protests were held in Calgary and Vancouver.

The protests were organized by a coalition of about 60 pacifist and human rights groups.

The demonstrators censured any possible military action against Iran, saying that any such measure could result in dire consequences including escalated war in the Middle East and Northern Africa.

The activists also demanded an end to sanctions against Tehran, referring to the embargoes as a war against the Iranian people.

In Washington DC, dozens of protesters amassed in front of the White House, chanting “NO sanctions, No war” and “Iran is a sovereign state.”

In New York, around 500 protesters assembled at Manhattan's Times Square and rallied toward the headquarters of the US mission to the United Nations and the Israeli consulate, holding a large banner that read “No war, no sanctions, no intervention, no assassinations."

Elsewhere in Los Angeles, the demonstrators wore orange prison jumpsuits and black hoods similar to Guantanamo detainees in protest at Washington's aggressive policies.

[Posted at the SpookyWeather blog, February 8th, 2012.]

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