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Ontario advocates join anti-war protests

Ontario advocates join anti-war protests
Wire Services
September 25, 2005

Anti-war advocates marched in downtown Toronto and Ottawa over the weekend to protest Western military involvement in Iraq, Afghanistan and Haiti.

One of the protesters outside the U.S. Consulate in Toronto, was a soldier who refused to go to Iraq and is now seeking refugee status in Canada. He spoke against his country's role in Iraq.

More than 1,000 came out for the Ontario protests. Other rallies were held in cities around the world, including Washington, London, England and Baghdad.

Crowds opposed to the war in Iraq surged past the White House during the Washington protest, shouting "Peace now" in the largest anti-war protest in the U.S. capital since the invasion.

The rally stretched through the day and into the night, a marathon of music, speechmaking and dissent on the National Mall. Police Chief Charles Ramsey, noting organizers had hoped to draw 100,000 people, said: "I think they probably hit that."

Speakers from the stage attacked President George W. Bush's policies head on but he was not at the White House to hear it. He spent the day in Colorado and Texas, monitoring hurricane recovery.

In the crowd: young activists, nuns whose anti-war activism dates to Vietnam, parents mourning their children' in uniform lost in Iraq, and uncountable families motivated for the first time to protest.

© Wire Services 2005


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Let me say, from here in Ontario, that the numbers for the anti-war march do not represent Ontario or Canada, well.

Before the invasion, in the final protest march against your country starting the Iraq war there were 80,000 people on the street, in February, in minus 20 degree Celsius weather. 80,000.

Put in perspective, on the day after 9/11, in our national capital Ottawa, 110,000 people stood silently in respect, in memorial and in protest to the vicious and evil attack on New York. but then the drums for war against Iraq began.

In polls at the time of the invasion, 71% of Canadians opposed the war, opposed the disregard of the U.N. and called the invasion illegal. After the war started, people expected support to rise but it did not. Today still more than 70% oppose the war.

We do not live inside your media bubble, but we do see it. We could not understand how anyone believed the linking of BinLaden and Iraq. But understand it is not just Canadians or French or Germans. India, which has had sectarian violence, voted in it's Parliament unanimously, without a single dissenting vote, to condemn the war.

There are five major political parties in Canada, not one will say anything positive about the war on Iraq, not even the far right conservative party.

The fact that there were only a thousand in the Sept. 24th protest, is just a recognition of the futility of demonstrating in Toronto against an American war.

On a lighter and happier note, you may interested to hear that our head of state, Michaelle Jean, is a Hatian refugee, that her husband is an immigrant from France and a well known documentary film maker, and that their 6 year old adopted daughter Marie-Eden, may be the cutest, most poised child ever to grace a television screen.

This new and appropriate name for the so-called "neoconservatives" controlling America came out at the DC protest. It is going to take help from allies all over the world to wrest contol of our Beloved Country from these traitors.

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