Saturday Protests in 80 U.S. Cities & 6 Countries: “No War, No Sanctions, No Intervention, No Assassinations” Against Iran
A wave of anti-war demonstrations took place over the weekend in more than 80 U.S. cities and half a dozen countries as protesters took to the streets to voice their opposition to a potential war against Iran.
According to Global Research, the protesters united under the banner “NO WAR, NO SANCTIONS, NO INTERVENTION, NO ASSASSINATIONS.” That slogan was written on the lead banner at the New York protest. Many placards there also called Wall Street, not Iran, the real danger.
A crowd of more than 500 marched from Times Square to the United Nations in Manhattan. Participating groups in the day of action included: the ANSWER Coalition, the International Action Center, No War on Iran, the American-Iranian Friendship Committee and the United National Anti-War Committee.
An Iranian speaker told the New York protesters that “the most important issue” was the wave of assassinations of Iranian scientists, state representatives and parliament ministers, acts of war for which the Iranian people blame Israel and the United States. He added that the U.S. has already begun waging war on his country, since sanctions are an act of war.
Hundreds of anti-war protesters also marched in Los Angeles and Boston. Other demonstrations took place in Albany, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Atlanta, Tampa, Cincinnati, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, Dallas, Houston, Tucson, Phoenix, Albuquerque, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Seattle and Honolulu.
There were also protests in Vancouver and Calgary, Canada, as well as in Bangladesh, India, Britain, Ireland and Norway.
U.S. President Barack Obama stepped up his aggression against Iran today by signing an executive order halting U.S. transactions by Iranian banks. He also said that the U.S. is working “in lock step” with Israel to solve the crisis, which has largely been manufactured by Israel and the U.S., over Iran’s purported nuclear weapons program. Washington and Tel Aviv say the Islamic Republic is trying to develop a nuclear bomb, Tehran counters that its nuclear program is for peaceful, civilian purposes and that the country has a sovereign right to develop nuclear technology for those purposes. Despite all the saber-rattling against Iran in Washington and the mainstream U.S. media, even Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently admitted that Iran is not trying to develop nuclear weapons, an opinion shared by recently departed Israeli Mossad chief Meir Dagan.
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