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Minneapolis protest against U.S./NATO war on Libya

By staff |
June 28, 2011
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Minneapolis, MN - Over 30 people joined a Minneapolis protest on June 27 to protest the continued U.S./NATO war on Libya.

The Minneapolis event was held as part of a day of local protests in cities across the U.S. to speak out against the war on Libya. The call for the day of actions was initiated by the United National Antiwar Committee (UNAC) and supported by a range of other organizations.

The protest was at a very busy intersection during rush hour traffic. Hundreds of people saw the protest, which featured signs and chants against the war. Many people passing by showed support for the anti-war protest.

A statement issued by organizers said in part, “There have been over 10,000 air sorties carried out by NATO against Libya. In mid-June NATO launched 157 bombing attacks on Tripoli on a single day. The U.S./NATO war in Libya has nothing to do with protecting civilians, but must be understood as part of an effort by the Western powers to contain and rollback the Arab Revolution.”

“The U.S. and NATO do not intervene on behalf of the people of any country. The military intervention by the big powers is only carried on behalf of the economic interests of the elites. People in the U.S. and the Middle East do not need another war. People need jobs, housing and education, not war and intervention.

Spokespersons from several organizations made short statements and urged people to participate in future anti-war protests.

The Minneapolis protest was endorsed by Anti-War Committee, Emergency Committee to Stop U.S./NATO War on Libya, Students for a Democratic Society (U of M), Twin Cities Peace Campaign and Women Against Military Madness.

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