Rallies against Iraq war continue in Halifax


HALIFAX (April 5, 2003) – ON APRIL 5, close to 200 people gathered at the Halifax Commons to continue the marches for peace that have been held every Saturday since the beginning of the U.S.-led aggression against Iraq. The demonstrators braved freezing temperatures and blowing snow and ice to gather again to demand an end to the war.

Before beginning the march to Citadel Hill a few people spoke on the humanitarian crisis in Iraq that has been building since the war began and existed even before because of the sanctions imposed on Iraq by the U.S. Many hospitals in Iraq operate without proper medical supplies and the people of Iraq are suffering not only from the terror of the U.S. military campaign to make them submit to their dictate but also from the lack of food and water, they said. This humanitarian crisis is the fault of the U.S. aggressors and their “allies,” they said. Without question they are to blame for the Iraqi people’s suffering.

A large contingent of the People’s Front-Halifax participated with the banner “No Harbour For War,” highlighting the Chretien Liberals backdoor support for the U.S.-led aggression against Iraq and against all the peoples in the Middle East. The unprincipled stand of the government of Nova Scotia which expressed “concern” that U.S.-Canada trade might be jeopardized if the Canadian people do not submit to U.S. demand for approval for their illegal war of aggression was also denounced

As participants marched to the Citadel they shouted anti-imperialist slogans, “U.S. aggressors out of Iraq,” “Bush is a war criminal,” “Blair is a war criminal” and “We want justice, we want peace… U.S. out of the Middle East.” After a short climb to the middle of Citadel Hill the protestors organized themselves to make a human peace sign on the Hill, shouting, “What do we want! Peace! When do we want it! Now!”

“Without hesitation all those who participated in the rally are taking up the problem of making Canada a force for peace on the basis of upholding the principles of the UN Charter,” Tony Seed, a People’s Front spokesperson said.

“As a result of the pressure by the major parties and the media, together with liberal illusions about the role of Canada, many Canadians erroneously believe that they have been successful in keeping Canada out of the Iraq war and thus see no reason to demonstrate. Extreme pressure is also being levelled to reduce the peace movement to an extra-parliamentary lobby group, like an NGO, and eliminate the anti-imperialist, anti-war content. This content is decisive.

“Nevertheless, all around the world the peoples are inscribing on their banners the need to defeat the U.S. imperialist dictate and crimes against the peace being committed by them, including here in the Maritimes. The U.S. imperialists believe they are above the law, raising anarchy to authority while disregarding the principles set out in the UN Charter. Those who wage war and cary out regime change today in the Middle East are not above waging war in the Americas and carrying out annexation to impose “democracy” and a form of rule and governance suitable to Washington. The high road of civilization belongs to the people of Halifax! It is up to us to continue to take decisive actions to make Halifax a factor for peace,” he said.

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