Over 800 people joined a peace rally and march in downtown Toronto today, calling for the withdrawal of Canadian troops from Afghanistan. Organized by the Toronto Coalition to Stop the War, the event was part of a pan-Canadian day of action to end the war in Afghanistan. Rallies took place in 16 locations across Canada.
Earlier this year, Jocelyn Voltaire of Queens, New York lost her oldest son in Iraq. An auction is scheduled for today to sell her foreclosed home. Since news of her story broke, a grassroots effort has sprung up to help.
Rally to mark the 7th anniversary of the Afghanistan invasion and occupation.
Speakers and music by Saa Andrew, Marie Allard, Claire Porter and Chris Mercer.
1:00 PM, Saturday, October 18
Officer’s Square, corner of Regent and Queen St., Fredericton
The Fredericton Childcare Collective will have a KiD’s tAbLE – with colour placards & colouring books! For more info, contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Underreported news from the first two weeks of October.
The case is insane for several reasons:
1) He is a child soldier, which means he is a victim of war not a war criminal.
2) Evidence was changed to make him the only person by inference who might have thrown a hand grenade.There is no witness that he did.
3) Soldiers killed while attacking a house in a foreign country cannot be victims of murder. They are casualties of war.
4) People in a house being attacked by foreigners are engaged in self-defense.
Fredericton Peace Coalition
October 15, 2008
FREDERICTON TO RALLY FOR END TO WAR IN AFGHANISTAN
The Fredericton Peace Coalition will mark the seventh anniversary of the invasion and occupation of Afghanistan with a rally at Officer’s Square on Saturday, October 18 at 1:00 PM. The Fredericton rally is part of a pan-Canadian day of action to end war in Afghanistan and bring Canadian troops home. The rally will include speakers, music and an open mic for supporters to express their views.
A family member of a victim of the 9/11 attack stated seven years ago: “…as I glanced at the television and saw ominous green flashes on the dark screen. My heart sank. That day, I realized, the day we started bombing Afghanistan, was another family’s 9/11, a day when something fell out of the sky and crushed their innocent loved ones.
In July of this past year, at least 80 Afghan civilians were killed, including 47 people mostly women and children bombarded while taking part in a wedding, and two very young children shot in their parents’ car by Canadian soldiers.
Corp. Paul Demetrick, a Canadian soldier, recently stated in a letter to the editor published in the Toronto Star: “Do we want to be remembered for hating, killing and destroying, or caring, healing and helping with reconstruction? The war in Afghanistan is a lie. How can we inspire the Afghan people to respect liberty, democracy, equality for women, education for children, human rights and respect for life when we are maiming and murdering them and destroying their homes, communities, the economy and their country?”
The Fredericton Peace Coalition invites all to stand up against Canada’s mission and involvement in Afghanistan — including the torture and abuse of Afghan detainees and the imperialist driven interests of defending the Turkmenistan, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India (TAPI) pipeline route through Kandahar province. Canadian oil and gas corporations are expected to play a role in building the new pipeline.
Voices at the rally will also denounce Harper’s military spending. The Harper Government has not only committed Canada to be in Afghanistan until 2011 longer than the World Wars it is presently spending over 50 million dollars every day on the military and is pushing for massive increases in military spending as much as $490 billion over the next 20 years.
Alex Corey, organizer, Fredericton Peace Coalition, 506.455.7054
Tracy Glynn, organizer, Fredericton Peace Coalition, 506.458.8747, email@example.com
1. Soldier says it’s time to end Afghanistan war, Corporal Paul Demetrick, Canadian Army (Reserve), Toronto Star, October 8, 2008: http://www.thestar.com/comment/article/513548
2. Pipeline Through a Troubled Land: Afghanistan, Canada, and the New Great Energy Game, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, June 19, 2008: http://www.policyalternatives.ca/documents/National_Office_Pubs/2008/A_Pipeline_Through_a_Troubled_Land.pdf
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Pakistan has ordered the expulsion of the some 60,000 Afghan refugees still on its territory to immediately repatriate on pain of arrest, as it struggles to put down a Taliban insurgency in the Tribal Areas along the border. Among the camps to be evacuated is that at Khewa, on the outskirts of Peshawar, where the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan (RAWA) has had a substantial presence for over 20 years, promoting gender equality and secularism as well as carrying out educational, cultural and humanitarian work.
The war in Afghanistan is a lie. How can we inspire the Afghan people to respect liberty, democracy, equality for women, education for children, human rights and respect for life when we are maiming and murdering them and destroying their homes, communities, the economy and their country?