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News :: Human Rights : International
"Bloodbath" at Roslindale Military Recruiting Center
19 Mar 2005
BOSTON – On the second anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, a group of local activists staged a dramatic protest outside the Armed Forces Recruiting Center at 650 American Legion Highway in Roslindale. At noon, the Boston Direct Action Project dumped five gallons of fake blood and then took up positions on the doorstep. The activists portrayed a dead Iraqi woman, her grieving husband, a dead U.S. soldier and his grieving wife.

The action lasted 90 minutes, and there were no arrests. The blood flowed forty feet into the parking lot, attracting scores of local residents. The community was largely supportive, and many onlookers stopped to talk to members of the Project, who handed out informational flyers with suggested alternatives to military service.
Activist Bring "Bloodbath" to Local Military Recruiting Center
Activist Bring "Bloodbath" to Local Military Recruiting Center
Activist Bring "Bloodbath" to Local Military Recruiting Center
Activist Bring "Bloodbath" to Local Military Recruiting Center
Activist Bring "Bloodbath" to Local Military Recruiting Center
Activist Bring "Bloodbath" to Local Military Recruiting Center
Activist Bring "Bloodbath" to Local Military Recruiting Center
Activist Bring "Bloodbath" to Local Military Recruiting Center
Activist Bring "Bloodbath" to Local Military Recruiting Center
“As the occupation of Iraq continues, more people are beginning to resist this illegal, immoral war,” said Christian Williams, of Roxbury, a spokesperson for the group. “Over the past two years, we have killed over 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilians and over 1,500 U.S. soldiers have died. Our goal today is to bring home the horror and brutality of what’s happening in Iraq.”

The group demanded that the $5 billion spent each month in Iraq and Afghanistan be used for community needs. “This money could be spent to provide housing, job training, education, and healthcare to people in Boston and across this nation.” Williams said. “It’s shameful that veterans’ benefits are being slashed while billions are spent on war in Iraq.”

By focusing on this Recruiting Center, the group sends a strong message to the U.S. military. “Stop recruiting young people from our neighborhoods to die in Iraq,” said Williams. “It’s that simple. They’re lying to our kids about what they’re getting into. Support for this war is dropping as deaths skyrocket, and we want to make sure that young Bostonians don’t fall for the false promises being offered by military recruiters.”

According to the National Priorities Project (, Boston taxpayers have spent over $330 million on the Iraq war. This money could have funded 16,000 four-year scholarships to Boston universities, 2800 units of housing, or 5,700 additional public school teachers for one year.

“This war and recruitment policy are racist against the people of Iraq and communities of color here,” Williams said.

A Haitian man observing the action spoke with one of the group (in French) saying, “In all wars it is the poor people who suffer and the rich who get the money.”

A former Marine drove by and said, “I think it’s very effective… I used to be a Marine. A lot of those guys don’t want to be over there. A lot of people in the military want to be home with their family, especially since they’re just standing there waiting to get shot.”

A number of onlookers initially feared the scene was authentic but were quickly assured that it was a dramatization.

A Roslindale resident with his 7 year old son said, “People don’t realize things until they are immediately affected. We don’t see this everyday. We can go grocery shopping without worrying about getting bombed on…I don’t think war is good at all.”

When asked about letting his son witness the scene, he continued, “I was debating whether or not I should let him see it…Maybe they should see it. Maybe more kids should see it. Perhaps we would be less involved [in the war].”

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Re: Activist Bring "Bloodbath" to Local Military Recruiting Center
19 Mar 2005

Great job Boston!
next time get media or it's meaningless
20 Mar 2005
Great action, visually incredible and hard hitting.

With all due respect, did you guys do a press release and make follow up calls? If yes, fuck the media for not covering this. If no, you really squandered an opportunity. Common dreams is nice but everybody who reads that is already anti-war. Seems like you could have got some major media on this spectacle. Did anybody see this except the four guys in the photo? Sad to say you guys are like trees falling in the woods with no one to hear. Don't get me wrong, my hat's off to you for your effort, and I've done arrest actions myself with no media and kicked myself for it later. Hope you do this again with some press attention, it's a powerful action.
20 Mar 2005
Hey folks.

Awesome action!

to john in sf: I hear ya on the media stuff, but the problem is, often the mainstream media actually just dont care. I'm told the US media is as bad as out Aust media here. Often we'll have activists here spending days trying to woo media down to action and at best we get one disinterested camera hack who takes a photo and then we never see an article. Its hard, but sadly thats life.

Thats why is so vital.

w00t! To crew who did this action. Its awesome!
Re: "Bloodbath" at Roslindale Military Recruiting Center
20 Mar 2005
The Iraqi women represents the Iraqi women tortured during the Saddam era,and the soldier represents that sometimes blood has to be shed in order for a dictator to be overthrown.
20 Mar 2005
made short & brief translation for indymedia holland :)
Re: "Bloodbath" at Roslindale Military Recruiting Center
21 Mar 2005
Thank you for this wonderful piece. It is about time that somebody stood up for the Saddam loyalists. The only way for the Baath party to return to power is for the American people to damand the pullout of American forces. Baath loyalists are poised in Syria with troops and arms waiting to return. as soon as the American forces are removed from the country. The Shiites and Kurds will be easily defeated. Once this is accomplished Saddam will be immediately tried, acquitted and vindicated. Thank you for your good work.
Re: Bloodbath at Roslindale Military Recruiting Center
21 Mar 2005
Great work everyone! I do wish I could see these photos. They're all broken images to me but I saw a couple on another site. Regardless, fortunately for us, we live in the Boston area and most people seem to be receptive to reality - to open their eyes and see this war for what it is - at least in my experience as I've been back for 6 months now. My short lived former home of conservative, military, wealth drenched, gung ho, hedonistic San Diego was another story! Anyway, great job and by all means, ignore the Damians of the world; they're either too ignorant to understand the truth or they're cashing in on it. It's clear he's falling for the half-truths and all out lies of the "mainstream" media according to his blatantly biased America-serving speculations. Either way, both are obstacles to peace and just think Damian - you are the reason we're still killing innocent people for big business and they love you for your ignorance!