[Marxism] For Imm Rls: Anti-War Picket against Canada's occupation of Afghanistan (Mon March 6th)

Ivan D. Drury ivanddrury at yahoo.ca
Mon Mar 6 05:20:27 MST 2006


Mobilization Against War and Occupation - MAWO
www.mawovancouver.org
info at mawovancouver.org
604-322-1764

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2006

Vancouver Anti-War Coalition Responds to Crisis in
Canadian Occupation of Afghanistan:
CANADA OUT OF AFGHANISTAN NOW!
STOP THE CANADIAN WAR DRIVE!
INDEPENDENT PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO CANADA’S OCCUPATION OF
AFGHANISTAN!

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Emergency Picket Action Against Canada’s Occupation of
Afghanistan
Thursday March 6th 12Noon
Canada Forces Recruitment Centre (1070 W. Georgia St,
Vancouver)
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Emergency Press Conference
Thursday March 6th 12Noon
Canada Forces Recruitment Centre (1070 W. Georgia St,
Vancouver)
FEATURING:
Lisa Barrett – Councilor and Former Mayor of Bowen
Island, and Local Organizer of Code Pink Women for
Peace
Shannon Bundock – Co-Chair of Mobilization Against War
and Occupation (MAWO)
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Mobilization Against War and Occupation (MAWO) Press
Contact: Shannon Bundock – 778-891-1470 

Vancouver’s anti-war coalition, Mobilization Against
War and Occupation (MAWO) has called an emergency
press conference and picket line action at the
Canadian Forces Recruitment Centre in downtown
Vancouver to respond to a week of daily attacks on
Canadian occupation forces in Afghanistan with a CALL
FOR AN INDEPENDENT PUBLIC INQUIRY INTO CANADA’S
OCCUPATION OF AFGHANISTAN and the demand: CANADA OUT
OF AFGHANISTAN!

On the morning of Thursday March 2nd, just 48 hours
after command of the NATO occupation forces in
Southern Afghanistan was handed over to Canadian
Brigadier-General David Fraser, Canadian Cpl. Paul
James Davis of Bridgewater Nova Scotia was killed when
his military vehicle “flipped over” during a “routine
patrol” in Kandahar Afghanistan. Seven others were
injured in the crash. Attacks on Canadian soldiers
continued in the hours and days that followed. In the
suicide bomb, roadside bomb, and axe attacks that
occurred at least every 24 hours on Thursday March
2nd, Friday March 3rd, Saturday March 4th and Sunday
March 5th, two Canadian soldiers were killed, and at
least 12 were wounded, some critically.

MAWO Co-Chair Shannon Bundock explained these attacks
in the context of the escalation of Canada’s military
occupation of Afghanistan: “It is no coincidence that
Canadian troops are under attack in the the
increasingly violent “combat mission” that is Canada’s
occupation of Afghanistan,” Bundock said. “There are
2,300 troops stationed in Kandahar. Canadian
Brigadier-General David Fraser is leading the NATO
forces in ‘tracking down’ the Afghan people that Rick
Hillier and the Government of Canada refer to as
‘scumbags and murderers’. This is a war drive. Already
we are seeing that Canada’s ‘top soldier’ Rick
Hillier’s predictions about this combat mission are
coming true – Canadian soldiers are coming home in
body bags.”

MAWO’s emergency picket comes on the heels of an
earlier action in front of the downtown military
recruitment centre on the afternoon of March 2nd that
made news Canada-wide. 

“The occupation of Afghanistan has already cost more
than $2Billion in Canadian taxpayers’ money, and the
Government won’t even issue estimates of the full cost
of the occupation until the end of the year. Why are
they stalling?” Bundock asked, “MAWO demands that the
Harper Government immediately reveal the real costs to
taxpayers of the occupation of Afghanistan.” 

Bundock said, “The occupation of Afghanistan has
already cost more than 10Thousand innocent Afghan
lives and now 11 lives of people shipped there by the
Government of Canada. What have we, as working and
poor people in Canada or in Afghanistan gained from
these costs? Bloodshed. Why is the Canadian army
occupying Afghanistan? The Government of Canada isn’t
telling the truth.”

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