Peace-lov­ing peo­ple in Van­cou­ver de­mand end to US-led wars and oc­cu­pa­tions

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Mo­bi­liza­tion Against War and Oc­cu­pa­tion (MAWO) has been or­ga­niz­ing for al­most 14 years, and a cor­ner­stone of MAWO’s ac­tiv­i­ties have been month af­ter month, com­ing out in protest with an an­ti­war rally and pe­ti­tion cam­paign. Through­out 16 years of a new era of war and oc­cu­pa­tion, led by the United States, new fronts of war and mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion have been opened, sanc­tions im­posed, and covert at­tacks and US-fo­mented civil wars had laid havoc to coun­tries in the Mid­dle East and North Africa. MAWO has re­sponded each time with our de­mands and slo­gans, ban­ners and picket signs, pe­ti­tions and news­let­ters. On Fri­day Au­gust 25th MAWO held a monthly an­ti­war rally and pe­ti­tion cam­paign, with the cen­tral de­mands of “US/ Saudi Ara­bia Hands Off Ye­men!” “US/Canada/NATO Hands Off Syria” and “US Out of Afghanistan!” The last month of colo­nial ag­gres­sions gave good rea­son for th­ese de­mands to be at the fore­front. On Mon­day Au­gust 21, US Pres­i­dent Trump an­nounced that the US is es­ca­lat­ing their war drive and will send 4000 more troops to Afghanistan, in ad­di­tion to the at least 8,400 al­ready there. We al­ready know what war and oc­cu­pa­tion has brought to Afghanistan. To­day, af­ter 16 years of US/NATO—led war and oc­cu­pa­tion, the peo­ple of Afghanistan face de­struc­tion, in­sta­bil­ity, poverty, un­em­ploy­ment and a so­ci­ety plagued by a for­eign colo­nial oc­cu­pa­tion. In Ye­men, what has be­come dubbed as the “for­got­ten war” is con­tin­u­ing with Saudiled, US-backed airstrikes, and a land, air and sea block­ade pre­vent­ing crit­i­cal food, wa­ter, san­i­tary and med­i­cal sup­plies from en­ter­ing the coun­try. This has set the stage for the world’s worst recorded cholera out­break. Since April 2017, over 540,000 peo­ple in Ye­men have been in­fected with cholera, and an es­ti­mated 2000 have died from the dis­ease. Mean­while in Syria, US mil­i­tary in­ter­ven­tion is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly deadly for the Syr­ian peo­ple. US airstrikes in the Syr­ian city of Raqqa have killed many civil­ians, with es­ti­mates as high as 100 civil­ians killed by US airstrikes in the last 48 hours. The Au­gust 25th an­ti­war rally called for an end to the wars in Ye­men, Syria and Afghanistan, and an end to all wars and oc­cu­pa­tions. An­ti­war ac­tivists ap­proached passersby with pe­ti­tions de­mand­ing Canada stop its $15 bil­lion arms deal with Saudi Ara­bia for so-call “light” ar­moured ve­hi­cles. An in- for­ma­tion ta­ble was busy with peo­ple stop­ping to talk to or­ga­niz­ers, sign pe­ti­tions and get more in­for­ma­tion. Mo­bi­liza­tion Against War and Oc­cu­pa­tion en­cour­ages all peacelov­ing peo­ple to come out for the next an­ti­war rally and pe­ti­tion cam­paign on Septem­ber 22nd at 5pm, in front of the Van­cou­ver Art Gallery at Robson at Howe Street. For more in­for­ma­tion and up­com­ing events visit­wovan­cou­, fol­low on face­book or twitter @MAWOVan

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