In a national “Day of Mass Action,” Americans protested a seemingly imminent U.S. war against Iran in over 60 cities and towns across the country.
In San Francisco, about 600 people participated in the demonstrations, picketing and chanting “No war, no sanctions, no intervention, no assassinations.” Over 500 protesters did the same in New York city and approximately 400 showed up in Los Angeles.
Hundreds more demonstrated in Chicago, Albuquerque, Boston, Des Moines, Kalamazoo, Michigan, and many others. In Washington, DC, protesters with the ANSWER Coalition (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism) marched outside the White House holding signs that read “No War on Iran!” and chanting into loud speakers to end U.S. and Israeli aggression on Iran.
Flyers handed out at the DC march asked “Who is the real threat to peace?” and catalogued the facts about Iran’s nuclear program being civilian in nature as well as the constant U.S. aggression towards the country, including sanctions, covert operations, and provocative militarism in surrounding territories.
The countrywide protests occurred as the warmongering on the part of the U.S. and Israel reached new heights. Despite the near consensus that Iran is not building a nuclear weapon, the United States has heaped a crippling set of sanctions on Iran, partially to satisfy Israeli concerns and pressure. This is unlikely to have any effect on Iranian nuclear policy and has already had terrible consequences for ordinary Iranians in a struggling economy.
The Obama administration has also bolstered the U.S. military presence in the Gulf region as a bulwark against Iran. “With an eye on the threat of a belligerent Iran,” the New York Times reported in October, “the administration is also seeking to expand military ties with the six nations in the Gulf Cooperation Council — Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman.”
In addition to all of this, the U.S. has been engaged in extensive covert operations against Iran including funding dissident groups that aim to undermine the regime, cyber-terrorism, commercial sabotage, and targeted assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists.
While many in the military and intelligence communities in both the U.S. and Israel have expressed little interest in another protracted war in the Middle East, the push for war is very strong. The national protests on Saturday consisting of thousands of people are aimed at bringing attention among the public to this dangerous potentiality.
9 thoughts on “Antiwar Activists Across the Country Protest War Against Iran”
And they weren't tazed, beaten, pepper sprayed, gased, shot with rubber bullets, arrested? What's this world coming to?
Not then. Can you say the same for the future.
Amazing isn't it. No caged "free speech zones" either. How barbaric!
Here are some pictures of our February 4th "Solidarity Sit-In" here in Rome, Italy, to say "No War against Iran" at the same time as you were demonstrating in Washington, D.C.
Our turnout (as "U.S. Citizens for Peace & Justice – Rome") was small today because of the unusual snowstorm that hit Rome — public transportation was almost nil and roads were blocked.
Yet a few of us managed to make it and held up our "Hands off Iran" signs in two places in Rome:
— the wall maps next to the Colosseum, depicting the expansion of the Roman Empire; http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4013735/Hands_off_Iran_4-…
— the Tomb of the Unknown Fallen Soldier in the heart of downtown Rome. http://dl.dropbox.com/u/4013735/Hands_off_Iran_4-…
We wanted to make the point that the NeoCon agenda for an American Empire is as dangerous as the Romans' expansionist policies were — in the end, the subdued peoples revolted and destroyed the Roman empire, and the same could happen if we try to subdue and dominate all the oil-rich countries of the world such as Iran.
Enough Fallen Soldiers!
We need oil? Then we can buy it — like Canada or Mexico do — not start wars for it.
U.S. Citizens for Peace & Justice – Rome
When there 500,000 of them it didn't stop the Iraq war, they consider a few thousands not even worth acknowledging.
Independent news video of the protest outside The White House on Saturday, February 4. "No War On Iran!"
ANSWER SUPPORTS NORTH KOREA
ANTI WAR MOVEMENT IS BASICALLY AN ALLIANCE OF COMMUNISTS AND NEO NAZIS
AMERICA WOULD BE BETTER OFF IF OF THEM LEFT THE UNITED STATES.
First of all there is nothing wrong with communism, unless you are a brainwashed uneducated American.. Communism and Neo Nazi movements have no connection , and I did not see any Noe nazis anywhere. I am a USA citizen born In Iran and am in serious opposition to the current islamic regime of Iran insatalled by USA( carter) and the British. Yet I am also strogly opposing USA mitiary action and war agasint Iran.I believe USA can amplify the voice of the opposition inside and outside Iran, but not attack Iran. The Iranin young generation and students and activists are very able to topple this criminal regime, if USA and Britain stop their secret support of this regime. Israel is trying to catch fish by muddying the water. Their lobby groups must be stopped. It is not beneficial for USA and for the poeple of Iran to have a war in the middle east.
Neo-nazi or anti-Semite is the classic slur used against people that stand up to the Israeli right-wing thugs or their American neoconservative sycophants. A war with Iran would be a total disaster, I still believe Obama is a good man, but that he is basically a hostage to powerful, selfish, cowardly right wing interests that push for and profit from war. Why he can't just pick up the phone, talk to Ahmadinejad, offer to open up embassies, develop their oil and gas sector, buy their oil, rugs and pistachios and just let bygones be bygones, he doesn't strike me as the hatefulful, xenophobic type, maybe that's too much to ask but I don't see why, we owe it to the world not to start another war.
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