People's Democracy(Weekly Organ of the Communist Party of India (Marxist)
March 26, 2006
Protests Across The Globe Mark Iraq War Anniversary
view of vibrant protest march in London
anti-war protests marked the third anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.
of people took to the streets in various countries around the world demanding
the withdrawal of US and other foreign troops from Iraq. Domestically, growing doubts over the war have
further eroded president Bush's approval ratings to their lowest level.
a Newsweek poll released last week, only 36 per cent of the
respondents approved of his performance as president while 65 per cent
disapproved of his handling of the war.
Fukuyama, the leader of the band of intellectual warriors of regime change in
Iraq thinks Iraq war a big mistake three years after the invasion. He says the
war in Iraq is wrong in theory and practise. "Most of the neo conservatives
are lying low because they realise what they advocated hasn't worked out at all
and they're just hoping something will turn up," he says. The
former interim prime minister of Iraq, Ayad Allawi, once hailed by Bush as the
kind of fair-minded leader Iraq needed declared in an interview with the BBC
that the country was nearing a "point of no return". "It
is unfortunate that we are in civil war," said Allawi. "We are losing
each day, as an average, 50-60 people through the country, if not more.
If this is not civil war, then God knows what civil war is,” he said.
this, US president George W Bush and his other war mongering colleagues brazenly
attempt to create a delusion that things are going well in Iraq.
People of the world have fittingly rebuffed this creation of a mirage by the
of US anti-war protestors rallied around the Pentagon headquarters trying to
deliver a mock coffin to US defense secretary Donald H Rumsfeld. The attempt was
blocked by police, who kept the protestors off Pentagon grounds.
part of the worldwide wave of protests against Bush's administration's war
policy on the third anniversary of the Iraq war, people marched several
kilometers from the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC to the Pentagon
headquarters, asking the US military to stop the war.
of them were holding a mock coffin covered with photographs from the war, which
represented the massive war casualties. When trying to take the mock coffin to
the doorsteps of the Pentagon headquarters, the protestors were stopped by a
high steel barrier by the police. More than a dozen protesters crossed the
barrier and were immediately taken into custody by the police.
were held in a number of cities across North America in San Francisco, Chicago,
Los Angeles, New York and other cities in the United States and Canada. A
post-production worker in film and video spoke about the international character
of the right-wing shift of politics: “I am here today because I am opposed to
the way things are going in the world. What I see is that the governments that
are in power are more corporations and businesses rather than organisations run
by people. Especially our government is a corporation more than anything. The
people of the world should run the world.”
an accountant, said, “Bush wanted to take over Iraq since his first day in
office. It had nothing to do with 9/11, weapons of mass destruction or
democracy. The war was for control of oil and the entire Middle East.”
people in America and around the world are opposed to this war. This country is
supposed to be a democracy, but Bush doesn’t care about us or what we
Camilo Mejia, a conscientious objector from Miami Beach, Florida, who was
court-martialed and jailed for desertion, joined other anti-war rallies said,
"No soldier signs up for a war for oil."
victims of Hurricane Katrina joined the protest, denouncing the lack of aid for
storm victims. One banner read, “Make levees, not war.”
attacked a country who never did anything to us," said Philadelphia
resident Al Zappala, who lost her 30-year-old son in Iraq
only happened because of the incompetence and callousness of the (Bush)
administration, just as we've seen in
Iraq," Sheehan said In Chicago, demanding the US pull out
is a category 5 disaster," one sign read. More protests were held in
Boston, San Francisco and Pittsburgh, chanting: "Stop the US war machine,
from Iraq to Korea to
the Philippines," "We say enough hypocrisy, enough lies, our soldiers
must come home now".
largest demonstration was in Toronto, where people rallied across the street
from the US consulate before marching through the city’s downtown core. In
addition to students, striking college teachers, and other trade unionists, the
demonstration was attended by a number of American “war resisters”—US
soldiers who have fled to Canada to escape having to fight in Iraq and
Montreal, people braved a deep chill to march against the war and continuing US
occupation of Iraq.
of thousands of protesters, from hurricane-ravaged Louisiana to Australia,
chanting "Stop the War" and calling for the withdrawal of occupying
forces from the war-ravaged country, crowded the streets expressing their
opposition to the US-led invasion and the bloodshed and turmoil it has caused in
and around Iraq.
Seoul, South Korea, which has the third-largest contingent of foreign troops in Iraq
after the US and UK, large number of people participated in anti-war
demonstrations. “This is aimed at calling for an end to the US occupation of Iraq withdrawal of South Korean troops and an end to
South Korea-US war coalition,” said Kim Kwang-il, one of the protest
organisers in Seoul. “We’re also denouncing recent US moves to attack
anti-war protesters took to the streets in Japan, chanting "No war! Stop
the war!" and banging drums as they marched through downtown Tokyo toward
the US Embassy.
Iraq war was President
Bush’s big mistake and the whole world is against him," said organizer
Ayako Nishimura. "Iraq
must decide its own affairs."
Basra, New York, Madrid, Rome, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto and Dublin all staged
protests, demanding the US and foreign troops withdraw from the war-torn
than 4,000 people marched in central Madrid shouting and waving banners to
demand an end to the occupation.
gathered outside the Spanish foreign ministry in a protest organized by a group
of 30 left-wing social and political groups.
called the siege of Iraq by US troops a "war crime" and compared it to
the notorious bombing of the Spanish city of Guernica during Spain's Civil War.
Brussels more than 5,000 people joined a demonstration in front of the US
Malaysia, peace activists held a protest outside the US embassy in Kuala Lumpur,
surrounded by scores of riot police armed with batons and tear gas launchers.
Armed with banners and posters reading "Stop the war in Iraq" and
"Bush terrorist," the demonstrators called for an immediate withdrawal
of foreign forces and for the United States and its allies to be charged with
crimes against humanity.
marched through central Sydney, chanting "End the war now"and
"Troops out of Iraq.'' Many campaigners waved placards branding President
Bush the "World's No. 1 Terrorist'' and expressing concerns that Iran could
be the next country to face invasion.
rally was organised in Tokyo, where more than 2,000 people gathered in a
downtown park, carrying signs saying "Stop the Occupation.'' And in Turkey,
thousands gathered in Istanbul for protests while other anti-war protests took
place in the cities of Izmir, Trabzon and the capital, Ankara.
Cuba, musicians gave concerts as part of anti-war protests, while the official
press denounced US bombings in Iraq as a "warning and renewed threat"
against countries refusing to toe the US line.
president Hugo Chavez condemned the US-led military occupation of Iraq and said
world opinion was turning against the Iraq war. Chavez marked the third
anniversary of aggression on Iraq calling Bush a "coward, murderer,
genocidal, alcoholic, drunk, immoral, donkey -- you are the worst, Mr Danger,
you are sick, and I know so personally."
are a coward because you did not go to Iraq to lead your armed forces. It is
very easy to command them from afar. If it occurs to you one day to invade
Venezuela, I will be here waiting for you on the savanna, Mr Danger,"
than 100,000 anti-war protesters from across Britain marched in London against
three years of occupation of Iraq and the threats of a military attack on Iran.
wants us to forget about the war, but I haven’t forgotten,” said Abdul Khan,
a young man from Walsall who travelled to London for the march from the town.
“They’re now targeting Iran and Syria. They want to go on and on. Blair is
guilty, though he won’t admit it,” said a protestor.
journalist asked me why this demonstration seemed to have a spring in its
step,” said George Galloway, Respect MP for Bethnal Green & Bow. “I told
him it’s because people across this country can sense that justice is coming
for the war criminal Tony Blair.” He urged the people to punish Blair at the
local elections on May 4. “We need British troops out of Iraq—and Tony Blair
out of Downing Street,” he said.
any threat of a military attack on Iran was a key element of the demonstration.
Griffin, who served in Iraq last year said that what he saw in Iraq wasn’t
consistent with ‘bringing democracy’ to the country—it was treating Iraqis
with utter contempt." I’d like to tell Tony Blair, it’s not God that
will judge you—it’s us,” he said. “The aim of Guantanamo is to scare
people from standing up against tyrants like Blair and Bush. But there’s no
way they can scare us. We will win this war, through the support of decent
humanity built across the world,”
number of military families joined the protest. Neville and Gabrielle, who
have a family member in the armed forces who has served in Iraq and Afghanistan,
told Socialist Worker, “We felt we
had to attend the demonstration because of the way Tony Blair has deceived the
British public over the reasons for sending our armed forces into Iraq.
was happy to holiday with his family in the sands of the Caribbean, while our
troops were dying in the sands of Iraq.
out of office. Troops out of Iraq and Afghanistan.” The demonstration was
filled with young people, many who were taking part in their first
demonstration. Many protesters raised fears and concerns regarding any military
intervention in Iran.
protestors felt that it was important that they still kept marching and visibly
showing the world that they still cared.
(Courtesy: Agencies and Socialist Worker)