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News :: War and Militarism
Boston Residents Shut Down Tremont Military Recruiting Station
19 Mar 2008
Modified: 06:02:43 PM
Boston, Mass -- This afternoon, a group of Boston-area residents shut down the Tremont Street Military Recruiting Station for one hour before being arrested by Boston Police. At 3:15 PM, five Boston-area residents re-enacted the scene of a massacre on the sidewalk in front of the Tremont Street Military Recruiting Station, across from Boston Common. Dressed as slain Iraqi civilians, an Iraqi mourner, a slain U.S. soldier and a U.S. mourner, the protesters laid in silence as red dye stained their clothing.
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All photos by Jonathan McIntosh.
The protestors laid down in front of the main entrance to the recruiting station at 141 Tremont Street in Boston and blocked access to the building for nearly an hour. The scene was dramatic, as the mourners sobbed over the bodies of the slain civilians and soldier. A blood-like juice mixture flowed from the scene across the wide sidewalk. Two people held a banner reading, "We Mourn All Victims of War." Many passersby stopped to look and talk.

Military recruiting staff could be seen inside the glass doors joking and posing with the die-in scene in the background.

Boston police arrived some time after the entrance was blocked. A little over thirty minutes late, they arrested five participants in the demonstration: Tom Feagley of Malden; Scott Langley, Joe Previtera, Susan Barney and Patrick Keaney, all of Boston.

Today, March 19, marks the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq. Nearly 4,000 U.S. soldiers have been killed, while between 30-60,000 have been wounded. At least 88,000 Iraqi civilians have been killed since the war began, although the number could be much higher.

Protesters today pointed out that the U.S. role in Iraq’s demise is much larger than the last five years.

“The U.S. has been waging war on Iraq for nearly 17 years,” said Scott Langley, a father and Boston resident. “From the first Gulf War to extensive bombing and punitive sanctions throughout the 1990’s – both of which targeted and punished primarily civilians – the U.S. has played a destructive role in the infrastructure and capacity of this country. It’s time for the U.S. military to leave.”

Hundreds of demonstrations are taking place in cities and towns across the country today, including one happening right now on Boston Common, organized by United for Justice and Peace. The demonstration today at the military recruiting station was organized by an ad-hoc group of friends who wanted to work together to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

All photos by Jonathan McIntosh,
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