STOP THE WAR ON IRAQ
ALL TROOPS OUT NOW!
On Saturday, September 24th, U.S. Citizens for Peace and Justice Rome
staged a protest rally across from the U.S. Embassy on Via Veneto. We
demanded the end of the war against Iraq and the bringing home of all
troops, leaving no bases behind. Our rally was held simultaneously with
protests in Washington, D.C., Seattle, San Francisco
as well as in major
cities around the world: London, Paris, Madrid, Dublin, Florence
With the assistance and support of several Italian peace and justice
groups, we were able to
assemble over 300 people.
Our numbers were significant enough to attract the attention of the media.
Both the Italian press (La Repubblica, Corriere della Sera, Il
) and the international press (Associated Press) of our featured
stories about the Rome event in their Sunday editions. There were
interviews with the press given by representatives group that later
appeared on SkyNews as well as a shot on the Italian national news.
The rally was enlivened with banners, signs, posters, a unique antenna
headpiece calling attention to a laptop computer with coverage of the
march in D.C., a drummer and honks of support from cars passing by.
We read a letter in both English and Italian that had been written to the
U.S. Ambassador to Rome, Mr. Ronald Spogli. A Massachusetts couple,
celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary with a trip to Italy and not
wanting to miss the protest at home, found our event on the web and joined
the effort, reading a statement of concerns. A parody on the multicolored
terrorist threat warning system developed by Homeland Security was
performed and well received. We presented the Top Ten Worst Quotes by
the Bush administration in both English and Italian, which drew a reaction
from the crowd.
In the most solemn moment of the afternoon, bouquets of flowers were laid
in the front of the U.S. Embassy on via Veneto, to commemorate all those
who have died as a result of this illegal and immoral military action.
They remained in place the following week for pedestrians to read the
messages on the cards.
We want to thank everyone who participated in this event and to add a
special thanks to all who helped to organize it. We feel confident that
we got our message heard on that day but we also know that our efforts
need to continue.
Bring the troops home! -- War does not eliminate
violence, it breeds it!
See photos of the rally in Rome.
Read press coverage on Rome as well as Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco and London.
Read an article appearing on Peter Pelland's local newspaper about his participation in the rally. Peter and his wife Barbara were celebrating their wedding anniversary in Italy and joined our rally.
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