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Minnesota protest demands ‘Stop bombing Libya’

By staff |
April 2, 2011
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Anh Pham at protest against U.S. intervention in Libya.
Anh Pham at protest against U.S. intervention in Libya. (Fight Back! News/Staff)
Meredith Aby speaking at April 2 protest against attack on Libya
Signing pledge to resist Grand jury and FBI repression.
Meredith Aby speaking at April 2 protest against attack on Libya (Fight Back! News/Staff)
Signing pledge to resist Grand jury and FBI repression. (Fight Back! News/Staff)

Minneapolis, MN - On one of the first warm spring afternoons here, over 50 people joined an anti-war protest on April 2 to demonstrate against the U.S. war on Libya.

The protest lined the sidewalks at one of the major intersections in Minneapolis with signs and banners against the newest U.S. war in the Middle East. 

Protesters’ signs read, “U.S. hands off Libya,” “Foreclose the war, not people’s homes,” and “Say no to U.S. war against Libya.” 

For over an hour participants chanted anti-war slogans and held signs as thousands of people went by in cars, buses and the light rail train. 

Many people showed support for the anti-war message by waving, honking horns and joining the protest.

Two TV stations reported the event on evening newscasts.

A statement issued by organizers says in part, “Eight years after the start of the war in Iraq, the U.S. has launched a new war in the Middle East, this time against Libya. This is not a ‘humanitarian intervention.’ This is a war launched to try to control the oil resources of the region. The big powers intervene for their own economic interests, not for the interests of the people.”

The statement continues, “We need funds for jobs, education, the environment, housing and human needs, not a new war in the Middle East.” 

Meredith Aby, of the Anti-War Committee, told the crowd, “This is not ‘change we can believe in.’ This is the Bush doctrine version 2.0. This was an unprovoked attack on the Libyan government because the U.S. wants a regime change. But Obama doesn’t have the right to decide for the Libyan people who their leader is or what they do with their oil. Those questions are for the Libyan people to answer and them alone.” 

Aby, one of anti-war leaders raided by the FBI September 24, 2010, also urged participants to sign the pledge to resist Grand jury and FBI repression. 

The Saturday protest was sponsored by Anti-War Committee, Emergency Committee to Stop U.S. War in Libya, Military Families Speak Out, Students for a Democratic Society (U of MN), Twin Cities Peace Campaign, Veterans for Peace, Women Against Military Madness and others.


val wrote 4 years 40 weeks ago

Stop Bombing Libya Now!!!

It is interesting that the insurgents and NATO are the ones that would not agree to ceasefire.
The reasons:
For the insurgents – fitting asymmetrical warfare is the only way to gain power, because they are a tiny minority of the Libyan population and would lose badly in fair elections.
For France and UK this simply is the long awaited opportunity to re-colonize Africa (in new ways).
Do you know who is against this NATO aggression: China; India; Russia; Germany along with AU –the vast majority of humanity.
I am in awe by the bravery and skill of the Libyan army who continue to maintain its capabilities in spite of the horrible (and cowardly in the same time) NATO attacks. I am in awe by the courage of the Libyan people who continue to endure this maddening nightmare. NATO bombs Libya with impunity day and night, and then declares that it is for humanitarian reasons (well, I have to admit that I am a bit skeptical on that count).
Can you imagine for a moment if this was your country being demolished; your brothers and sons killed while serving in the army trying to protect you? Have you noticed that the media is perfectly fine with Libyan military casualties? So, Libyan soldiers are not humans and it is ok to be killed with impunity, with high-tech weapons, from afar, right? This is the high morality of the west, this is democracy in action!
We all witnessed something very similar in 1999: NATO bombed Serbia for 78 days – day and night.
Similar pretexts: democracy, protect the “civilians” (read this KLA), stop the rapes (what, really?), etc.
All rumors, lies, exaggerations, and propaganda - the usual M.O. of the west.
All this is so, so sad.
Stop Bombing Libya Now!!!

Dmitry Vader wrote 4 years 44 weeks ago

Thank you, guys!

Thank you, guys!