January 18 Worldwide Anti-War Rallies
Patriots Gather to Oppose War
Only Tyrants Speak With One Voice -- Democracy Speaks in Thousands
Anti-war rallies and demonstrations will take place on January 18. The largest gatherings are expected in Washington DC and San Francisco.
Citizens from more than 20 countries, among them Egypt, Canada, Japan, Pakistan, Mexico, South Korea, Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Germany and Austria, have confirmed their plan to take part in the protest.
A protest in Moscow will start on January 18 at noon near the American embassy, said a Russian legislator.
Tens of thousands of Americans from more than 200 towns and 45 states are planning to take part in the protest, and a group of American television companies will provide free satellite coverage of the protest march in Washington."The Iraqi people are not our enemy," said Dallas attorney Robert Dennis. "We don't need to subject them to another war and more bombings.""I Want Your Oil" is Not a Foreign Policy
About 220 organizing centers in 45 states are coordinating transportation and spreading the word about Saturday's rally, 70 more than in October, said one of the organizers. A number of groups who brought one busload to the October 26 anti-war rally said the response this time required them to have two or three buses.
A high school teacher, a civil rights lawyer and a Holocaust survivor are among those who signed up for a bus trip to Washington all the way from Florida.
College and high school students from 400 campuses nationwide are planning to attend, organizers said.
And from the San Francisco Chronicle:
Four relatives of U.S. victims of the Sept. 11 attacks ended a peace mission to Baghdad with a call on world leaders to use some imagination to find ways to avoid war in the Iraq crisis.
"The Iraqi people have used great imagination to make do with what very little they have these days," Colleen Kelly, a New York nurse who lost a brother on Sept. 11, 2001, told reporters at the end of a six-day trip to a country crippled by 12 years of U.N. sanctions.
"We'd like to call upon governments around the world to also use their imagination," Kelly said. Her group visited hospitals, universities and schools in Baghdad and the city of Basra in the far south.
"You can make changes without war and that's what we're challenging our leaders to do," said Kathleen Tinley, a student whose uncle died when Saudi militants slammed aircraft into the World Trade Center towers in New York.
The women are members of the anti-war Peaceful Tomorrows group set up by families of September 11 victims.
Bret Eartheart, a construction worker from Indiana who is a member of an international anti-war group called the Iraq Peace Team, said "There are a lot of options and for me war is not the best of them."
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