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News :: War and Militarism
Confronting the National Guard Recruiters at Faneuil Hall
21 Aug 2010
Modified: 05:29:38 PM
Anti-war activists protested a National Guard recruiting event in Boston today.
August 21, 2010-Boston:

Some of us who attend the weekly sat. peace vigil at Park Street in Boston heard from a passerby that the National Guard was staging a recruiting event/military display at Faneuil Hall a few blocks away. So after our vigil ended a little after 2pm, 3 of us went down to the National Guard event to protest.
When we got there around 2:30, there was about 25 soldiers in camouflage, 2 hum vees with mounted machine guns, and even a racing stock car with the National Guard logo. A lot of passersby were looking at the
military display---there was even a small child playing with the machine gun.
The 3 of us anti-war protesters held anti-war signs and a STOP THE WAR banner right in front of the National Guard display. Some of the soldiers laughed anxiously at our presence. One cop just told us to move about 5 feet but let us stay.
We got only one negative response-a photographer told us that these soldiers fought for our right of free speech--I replied , no,Martin Luther King, Gandhi, and Jesus gave us our freedom, not the military.
This was the second military display in Boston in a 2 month time span--as more US soldiers die and are wounded, the military recruiters are getting desperate for more people to sign up for the US war machine.
The recruiters are staging these PR events to try and gain more enlistments.The peace community must confront and oppose the recruiters; whether it be in our schools, on radio and TV,or in our in public places.
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