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Global Day of Action Against War and Occupation: March 20, 2004

February 11, 2004
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On March 20, 2004, the first anniversary of the U.S./U.K. invasion of Iraq, people in cities around the world will join together to demand: “End the Occupation – Bring the Troops Home NOW!” We will demonstrate on March 20 to support the right of the Iraqi people to self-determination without condition. Since the invasion began, tens of thousands of Iraqi people have been killed. Thousands of U.S. and British soldiers have been killed or wounded. The U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq is part and parcel of the administration’s larger colonial project targeting the people of the Middle East. While the Bush administration spends $2 billion per week to occupy Iraq, it spends $15 million each day to support Israel’s war against the Palestinian people.

We will demonstrate on March 20 to overturn the “USA Patriot” Act, and to end the repression directed at Arab American, South Asian, Muslim and immigrant communities. We will defend the right to free speech and oppose Bush’s and Ashcroft’s war on the Bill of Rights. We will demonstrate on March 20 to demand an end to the Bush administration’s “Endless War” plans for global domination. We stand for an end to U.S. intervention, occupation and threats against Korea, Colombia, Afghanistan, Cuba, Iran, Zimbabwe, Venezuela, Syria, the Philippines, Haiti and everywhere.

On April 20, 2002, 100,000 people marched in an historic demonstration in Washington DC under the banner “Free Palestine.” Six months later, on October 26, 2002, hundreds of thousands demonstrated against the pending war of aggression against Iraq. On January 18, February 15-16, March 15, March 22, April 12 and most recently October 25, 2003, tens of millions of people went into the streets around the world to say no to the Bush administration’s war drive. This is a monumental struggle waged by the people of the world who seek self-determination, justice and peace. Global solidarity is the centerpiece of the new mass movement that has emerged to counter the forces of militarism and colonialism. The outcome of this struggle will impact on generations to come.

It is important for all of us outside to bring the vibrant voices of those inside prison into the streets with us on March 20, and continue resisting war and imperialism every day!

For more information about events and meeting times in your area, visit these sites:

International ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism): www.internationalanswer.org
Stop the War Coalition: www.stopwar.org.uk
StopWar.ca: www.stopwar.ca
United for Peace and Justice: www.indymedia.org

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