April 30, 2007 (Toronto) – The Canadian Peace Alliance is calling on the government of Canada to end the abuse and torture of prisoners in Afghanistan and to bring our troops home now. Despite frequent and contradictory assurances from the Conservatives that detainees are being treated fairly in Afghanistan, we know that torture and abuse of detainees is ongoing and widespread. Canada cannot remain involved in supporting this illegal and immoral behaviour.
“We are asking for the troops to be brought home now – not in two years as the Liberals and Conservatives say, but now,” said Sid Lacombe, national coordinator of the Canadian Peace Alliance. “Canadians don’t agree with Dion and Harper who want our troops to continue to kill and be killed in an unwinnable war for two more years. We support the call for the immediate withdrawal of troops.”
The NDP motion before the House of Commons today is calling for the safe and immediate withdrawal of troops from the counter-insurgency mission in the South of Afghanistan. The CPA welcomes this motion as a good step and continues to call for all troops to be brought home from Afghanistan now.
The Conservatives’ torture scandal is one more reason to end this war. The warlord government that Canada supports in Afghanistan is corrupt and responsible for the violence and torture we see today. Any support for that government is an attack on the democratic aspirations of the people of Afghanistan.
For more information please contact:
Sid Lacombe, national coordinator of the Canadian Peace Alliance: 416-588-5555 or 416-333-7567
Joe Cressy, Youth Director of the CPA: 613-853-1933
Four years ago the U.S. and Britain unleashed war on Iraq, a nearly defenseless Third World country barely half the size of Saskatchewan.
For twelve years prior to the invasion and occupation Iraq had endured almost weekly U.S. and British bombing raids and the toughest sanctions in history, the “primary victims” of which, according to the UN Secretary General, were “women and children, the poor and the infirm.” According to UNICEF, half a million children died from sanctions related starvation and disease.
The weapons industry led by the so-called Military-Industrial Complex in the United States and the “Big Money” racketeers that own or control them are the largest and the most powerful terrorist organization in the world. In the last two generations alone, their nefarious weapons have killed more people than were ever slaughtered in the previous 5,700 years.
The history of mining in Mexico is a long one. The riches of the Mexican sub-soil were a major motivation for Spanish colonizers and the mining industry is often accorded an important place in events leading to the Mexican Revolution; the 1906 bloody repression of striking miners working for U.S. Cananean Consolidated Copper in Sonora is often cited as a precursor to current labor struggles in Mexico. The authors of the Mexican Revolution sought to make a reality of the ideal that those who work the land should have control over it. In order to protect its land from foreign interests, Article 27 of the 1917 Mexican Constitution dictated that the land, the subsoil and its riches were all property of the Mexican State. More importantly, Article 27 recognized the lasting collective right of communities to land through the “ejido” system and limited private land ownership.
Colombia’s chief prosecutor stood between the white plastic-sheathed remains of two dismembered teenage sisters. On the rust-colored dirt around him lay remains of nearly 60 newly unearthed victims of paramilitary death squads.
The dangerous herbicide Agent Orange is still contaminating soil and fish in Vietnam at an alarming rate, a Canadian environmental firm has found.
This press release comes from the mine workers’ union at the Cerrejon coal mine where Colombian coal is mined then shipped and consumed in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and the States.
NATIONAL UNION OF WORKERS IN THE COAL INDUSTRY “SINTRACARBON”
Personería Jurídica No. 000109 del 18 de enero de 1996
PRESS RELEASE No.DPP055 –010507
¡FOR A CLASS-CONSCIOUS AND COMBATIVE MAY 1!
¡AGAINST THE URIBE GOVERNMENT AND ITS SERVILE POLICIES! EVERYONE TO THE STREETS!
May 1 commemorates International Workers Day, in homage to the martyrs of Chicago who, 121 years ago in 1886, struggled heroically against capitalist exploitation and to achieve the dream that all workers in the world should have a humane work-day. Through their struggle they succeeded in establishing the norm of 8 hours of work, 8 hours of study, and 8 hours of rest. However, the response of the U.S. bourgeoisie was total, cruel and savage repression against the movement’s leaders, who were condemned to death by hanging.
All of us, and all of our families, have the obligation to march on that day, not only to pay posthumous homage to the Martyrs of Chicago, but also to protest the servile policies of the Uribe government. Its policies benefit the multinationals, the North Americans, and a few Colombians who choose to collaborate and to take advantage of the situation.
Uribe’s fascist government is taking away the few rights that we had enshrined in the Constitution that created our Social State of Law, to impose instead his policies of “democratic” security. Under this mantle, the state absolves itself of all responsibilities, and Colombian citizens have to live under the law of the jungle. Everyone must individually protect their safety and rights, and defend themselves as best they can.
We Colombians must understand that we have to mobilize against the paramilitaries, in the country as a whole and in our city. We must mobilize against budget cuts that undermine education, health, and basic sanitation. We must protest the Free Trade Agreement and the undermining of the laws protecting our pensions and the just investment of the royalties paid by the multinationals. We must protest the multinationals’ policies that destroy the cultural patrimony of the Afro-Colombian and indigenous communities surrounding the Cerrejón coal complex.
For all of these reasons, Sintracarbón invites all workers, contracted workers, and community members, social, popular, peasant, indigenous, student, and other organizations, to turn out on May Day in all the towns of the Guajira, along with their families.
¡DEPARTAMENTO DE PRENSA Y PROPAGANDA!