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Cleveland activists rally against U.S. attack on Iran

By Eleanor Kiss |
January 7, 2020
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Cleveland protest against U.S. war on Iran.
Cleveland protest against U.S. war on Iran. (Cleveland Peace Action)

Cleveland, OH - Anti-war activists took to Market Square in Cleveland, Ohio on Saturday, January 4, at noon to denounce U.S. imperialism and aggression towards Iran following the murder of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani by the Trump regime.

Chanting slogans of "1, 2, 3, 4, we don't want your racist war! 5, 6, 7, 8, stop the killings, stop the hate!" and "We are people, we want peace! U.S. out of Middle East!" around 100 protesters rallied as prepared speeches were given by representatives from the Workers World Party, Cleveland State University's Middle East and Northern Africa student group, Peace Action Cleveland, and others, as well as several individuals who volunteered to give their own impromptu speeches.

"We are here, along with the people all over the county who have come out today, people all over the world who are demonstrating solidarity with the people of Iraq, the people of Iran, the people of Syria, Palestine, Yemen, people all over the world who are under attack by U.S. imperialism, of which Trump is just the current leader," said Martha Grevatte of the Workers World Party.

The rally in Cleveland was part of a larger nationwide campaign of rallies, demonstrations and marches that day, which drew out tens of thousands across the country, all denouncing the continuous wars for profit and oil in the Middle East and across the globe.