[Marxism] Malta Peace March

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Mon Mar 22 00:21:40 MST 2004


March calling for an end to the Iraq invasion
Rosanne Zammit
http://www.timesofmalta.com/core2/article.php?id=149695

Demonstrators carrying a banner reading 'love your neighbour' yesterday


A number of organisations and individuals joined the rest of the world
yesterday in the Global Day of Action against War and Occupation with a
demonstration from Blata l-Bajda to Valletta, organised locally by the
Moviment Graffiti.

Demonstrations were held all over the world yesterday - the first
anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

Some of the demonstrators in Malta carried banners, a notable one reading:
"How many deaths will it take till we know that too many people have
died?"

Taking part in the protest were several organisations, including Move!,
Alternattiva Demokratika (AD), the Zghazagh Azzjoni Kattolika (Catholic
Action Youth), the Third World Group and the Ghaqda ghad-Drittijiet ta'
l-Irgiel (Men's Rights Group) and numerous individuals.

Graffiti said it wanted to keep voicing its opposition to war and its
support for peace.

"A year has passed since the commencement of the invasion of Iraq, carried
out by the USA and its allies.

"Many people, both Iraqis and foreigners, keep being killed due to the
effects of war.

"Many Iraqis have ended up without a job, and the country is being reigned
by oppression, poverty, insecurity and violence.

"The same can be said of the situation in Afghanistan, where the regime
that has replaced the Taliban tyranny did not bring about progressive
change, and where oppression, especially with regard to women, still
reigns."

The movement maintained that Malta, as one of the few neutral countries in
the European Union, should be a voice in favour of world peace.

Through the entry of warships in its ports, Malta was being an accomplice
in the deaths of innocent people.

Move! said it believed it was high time that the occupying forces departed
from Iraq and allowed the United Nations forces to administer the material
and democratic reconstruction of this war-torn nation.

"What is clear is that the Iraq war is based on deceit and lies. There
were no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq and there were no links
between al-Qaeda and the Iraqi regime.

"But the biggest lie of all was that this war on terror would make the
world a safer place. These lies have cost the lives of thousands of Iraqi
civilians, and several hundred allied soldiers."

Move! also took yesterday's opportunity to condemn last week's terrorist
attacks on Spain and to show its solidarity with the Spanish people who
protested against the terror attacks in Madrid which left more than 200
dead.

In a statement Greenpeace also called on people around the world to
condemn the US-led attack and occupation of Iraq.

Greenpeace Mediterranean executive director Paul Debono said a war waged
by the richest countries of the world, which held massive arsenals of
weapons of mass destruction, on a third world country was an ineffective,
counterproductive and hypocritical means of dealing with international
security and the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Greenpeace also called for complete nuclear disarmament and peaceful
conflict resolution as a priority in the world.

In another statement AD said it wanted to show its disapproval of war and
terrorism.

"We are proud to form part of an international movement for peace. It is
significant that (today), peace marches were being organised throughout
the whole world," AD's international secretary Ralph Cassar said.

He expressed AD's solidarity with the victims of war and terrorism
throughout the world.

"Unfortunately, the recent tragedy in Spain shows that the war on Iraq has
only strengthened international terrorism."

AD called on the Maltese government to form a common front with European
countries like Spain, Germany and France who were calling for a greater
role for the United Nations in Iraq.

"Like all other Green Parties, AD is calling for an end of the military
occupation of Iraq. On the other hand the Iraqi people cannot be
abandoned.

"AD welcomes the decision of the new Spanish government to withdraw
Spanish troops from Iraq.

"The United Nations has an important role in helping the Iraqi people in
building their own democratic institutions. Malta should also offer
civilian and humanitarian aid to Iraq," Mr Cassar said.


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www.movimentgraffitti.org

Press Release

PEACE MARCH ON SATURDAY 20TH MARCH
WAR IS NOT OVER - MALTA SHOULD PROMOTE PEACE

As part of the global movement for world peace, Moviment Graffitti is
organising a demonstration for peace, in order to keep voicing its oppostion
to war and its support for peace. Moviment Graffitti is inviting all
progressive organisations and individuals to take part in the peace march

The peace march is being organised in conjunction with thousands of similar
activities around the world as part of the assembly of the International
Movement Against War and the World Social Forum in order to mark the first
anniversary of the invasion of Iraq.

The demonstration shall take place on Saturday 20th March and shall commence
at 1pm in National Road, Blata l-Bajda (where the circus used to be). The
march will proceed to Valletta and shall end with a live concert in Freedom
Square, with the participation of Dripht, Vince Fabri, Particle Blue,
Subculture

Moviment Graffitti said

"A year has passed since commencement of the invasion carried out by the USA
and its allies over Iraq. Many people, both Iraqis as well as foreign, keep
being killed due to the effects of war. Many Iraqis have ended up without a
job, and the country is being reigned by oppression, poverty, insecurity and
violence. . The same can be said of the situation in Afghanistan, where the
regime that has replace the Taliban tyranny did not bring about progressive
change, and where oppression, especially on women, keeps reigning."

"Moviment Graffitti maintains that Malta, as one of the few neutral
countries in the European Union, should be a voice in favour of world peace.
Through the entry of warships in its ports, Malta is being accomplice to the
deaths of innocent people. All progressives should oppose the entry of
warships in Malta."

"For this reason, Moviment Graffitti is inviting progressive organisations
and individuals to form part of a National Movement for Peace and Neutrality
that is being formed, by sending an email to info at movimentgraffitti.org

Chris Mizzi
Moviment Graffitti




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