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Hands Off Iraq!

Actions Planned in February Against Sanctions

by staff |
January 1, 2000
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Minneapolis, MN - The Iraq Peace Action Coalition (IPAC) has announced a picket line and bannering to show opposition to U.S. policy towards Iraq. The protest will be held on February 11, at 4:30 p.m., at the Federal Courts Building in downtown Minneapolis.

The protest is part of a month of nationally-coordinated actions initiated by Voices in the Wilderness, a grassroots campaign against the economic sanctions on Iraq. The series of events was launched January 15 with a 30 day fast by members of Voices in the Wilderness on the front steps of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC.

A statement issued by IPAC says, "The U.S. government continues to wage war against Iraq. This war has taken two forms: First, the U.S. continues to enforce the strangling economic sanctions, which have destroyed the economy and infrastructure of Iraq. Reports from the United Nations and other groups put the death toll resulting from these sanctions in the hundreds of thousands. The second front in this war is the continuing U.S. bombing of targets in Iraq.

New reports show that during 1999, there were bombings virtually every other day by the U.S. military against targets in Iraq. On January 9, 11, and 12, 2000, U.S. jets also dropped bombs on Iraq.

The IPAC statement says, "These attacks are being carried out to enforce the so-called 'no fly zone' imposed on Iraq after the end of the Persian Gulf War. These zones have no force under international law or UN resolutions, and are recognized only by the U.S. and Britain."

Organizations supporting the protest include Women Against Military Madness, the Anti-War Committee, and Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

- The Iraq Peace Action Coalition (IPAC) has announced a picket line and bannering to show opposition to U.S. policy towards Iraq. The protest will be held on February 11, at 4:30 p.m., at the Federal Courts Building in downtown Minneapolis.

The protest is part of a month of nationally-coordinated actions initiated by Voices in the Wilderness, a grassroots campaign against the economic sanctions on Iraq. The series of events was launched January 15 with a 30 day fast by members of Voices in the Wilderness on the front steps of the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC.

A statement issued by IPAC says, "The U.S. government continues to wage war against Iraq. This war has taken two forms: First, the U.S. continues to enforce the strangling economic sanctions, which have destroyed the economy and infrastructure of Iraq. Reports from the United Nations and other groups put the death toll resulting from these sanctions in the hundreds of thousands. The second front in this war is the continuing U.S. bombing of targets in Iraq.

New reports show that during 1999, there were bombings virtually every other day by the U.S. military against targets in Iraq. On January 9, 11, and 12, 2000, U.S. jets also dropped bombs on Iraq.

The IPAC statement says, "These attacks are being carried out to enforce the so-called 'no fly zone' imposed on Iraq after the end of the Persian Gulf War. These zones have no force under international law or UN resolutions, and are recognized only by the U.S. and Britain."

Organizations supporting the protest include Women Against Military Madness, the Anti-War Committee, and Freedom Road Socialist Organization.

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