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News :: Organizing
Protests Increase in August
by D. Burbeck
15 Sep 2006
From: Protest News Website
You are probably all aware that Code Pink had a hugely successful "Bring
the Troops Home Fast" campaign in DC where many people fasted to bring
the troops home "FAST". They were noticed by the Iraqi government officials
visiting Washington, DC and even invited to Iraq to propose ideas on how
to do just that!
August 6th of course, saw a plethora of demonstrations around the world as
it is the anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing: Lockhead Martin, Bechtel,
Raytheon, Livermore Nuclear Weapons Lab,
"events taking place in over 70 cities in 27 states, culminating on August 9th,
the anniversary of the Nagasaki bombing, under the banner, “From Hiroshima to
Yucca Mountain to the Middle East: No Nukes! No Wars! End War Profiteering!
Support Indigenous Rights!” A major focus of the demonstrations was Bechtel
Corporation, one of the largest beneficiaries of both the Iraq war and all things
Many demonstrations around the world were focused on the Israeli invasion of
Lebanon and the illegal invasion of Iraq.
Iraq combat veteran Ricky Clousing, Lt. Watada, Kyle Snyder, Mark Wilkerson are
a group of very brave soldiers who are speaking out against this illegal war and
are facing court martial for their actions.
And demonstrations at the homes of government officials continue.
A global day of demonstrations resulted in: "30,000 fill the streets around the White
House......In San Francisco, 10,000 people marched in one of several other August 12
actions timed to coincide with the Emergency March on Washington. In Los Angeles
5,000 demonstrated. Smaller actions of about 600 people in Seattle and 300 people
in Orlando Florida were also held. Street demonstrations were held in Mombasa and
Nairobi, Kenya; Toronto, Montreal and Vancouver, Canada; Madrid, Spain; Paraguay;
Damascus, Syria; Santiago, Chile; Mumbai, India; Istanbul, Turkey; Mogadishu,
Somalia; Dhaka, Bangladesh; Karachi, Pakistan; Jakarta, Indonesia; Sydney, Australia;
Nablus, Palestine; Sao Paulo, Brazil; and many others."
Of particular interest were demonstrations in the United Kingdom that mirrored the Camp
Casey demonstrations, where camps were set up for several days at a time to protest
against nuclear facilities, environmentally hazardous power plants and a base where
the US Military are refueling.
14,000 UK soldiers went AOL last year.
A Veteran's for Peace conference was held in Seattle.
Cindy Sheehan was very active even though she spent several days in the hospital. "Among
the 50 protesters outside the Renaissance Austin Hotel Saturday was anti-Iraq war Cindy
Sheehan. Chanting 'Try Rove for treason,' she said Rove planned the war that killed her son
and she wanted him arrested."
Congressional candidates are running on a platform of pushing for Impeachment of the
Bush Administration, and for providing a true independent investigation into the unanswered
questions surrounding 9/11. One very bold "Republican Congressional Candidate Fingers the
Bushies for planning 9/11."
Of course, Bush, Cheney, Rice and Rove continue to dodge protesters in their travels.
The Mayor of Salt Lake City attended a demonstration against the visit by Bush to his
city which brought about attack adds on him from the Republicans in his state.
And finally, in Minnesota: "Bass Fishermen Against Bush: Lake Minnetonka Protest".
For these reports and dozens more from August, see Protest News:
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