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Photos/Video:Boston Anti-War Protest Oct. 6, 2012
by Michael Borkson
Email: nosanctions (nospam) yahoo.com
07 Oct 2012
Boston-Oct. 6, 2012: Several hundred peace activists protested the 11th
anniv. of the US war of aggression against the people
of Afghanistan--as one of many wordlwide protests
against the wars.
Several hundred peace activists from diverse organizations rallied on Boston Common against the US wars abroad and at home.People then marched through downtown Boston;past the military recruiters office, the Hyatt Hotel which
is anti-union, Obama For President headquarters, as well as other symbols of US oppression and war.
This was one of many worldwide anti-war protests held this weekend including a peace march in Pakistan which Code Pink and other Americans participated in.
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From the organizers event announcement:
SATURDAY: Hands Off Syria and Iran
OCTOBER 6 ACTION AGAINST WARS ABROAD
AND POLICE STATE ATTACKS ON CIVIL LIBERTIES AT HOME
Join us in a march and rally to protest the dangerous escalation in threats of military action against Syria and Iran and increased racist violence and repression at home.
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 6, 1:30 PM
PARK ST. STATION, BOSTON
Eleven years ago on October 7, the U.S. unleashed a war on Afghanistan, followed by the war on Iraq based on lies. While thousands of troops remain in these countries, U.S. drone missiles rain down on Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia. Now the government imposes sanctions and threatens to attack Syria and Iran. The U.S. sends troops and threatens to retaliate against anti-US protesters in the Middle East. These actions will escalate the nightmare of war in the Middle East, not end it.
To wage war abroad, they must wage war at home. The last decade has seen escalating repression and poverty at home. Islamophobia and scapegoating of Muslims leads to manufactured frame-ups and violence against the Muslim community. Civil liberties and the right to dissent are under siege with indefinite detention and extra-judicial assassinations now the law of the land.
Racism is a weapon of war. They use it against Muslims and immigrants. They’ve stepped up the war on Black and Latino youth, with racial profiling, stop and frisk, and harsh sentencing -- resulting in police brutality, mass incarceration, military weapons in the hands of police, and a hugely profitable prison industry.
To pay for wars and to maximize the profits of the haves, they take more and more from the have-nots. We see cuts to the social safety nets, attacks on labor, huge unemployment, privatization of public services, neglect of infrastructure, and poisoning of the environment.
LET’S STAND TOGETHER IN UNITY AND SOLIDARITY. TOGETHER WE ARE POWERFUL!
HANDS OFF SYRIA AND IRAN! NO TO RACISM, RAIDS, AND REPRESSION! NO TO ISLAMOPHOBIA!
* United National Antiwar Coalition * United for Justice with Peace * International Action Center * Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom, Boston * Committee for Peace & Human Rights, Boston * New England United * Rhode Island Mobilization Committee * Veterans For Peace, Smedley D. Butler Brigade *