Fed up with ongoing wars depleting harmless lives and the U.S. Treasury, greater than a thousand girls marched on the Pentagon on Sunday to declare their opposition to the persevering with slaughter.
(CN) — About 1,500 girls and allied males marched on the Pentagon on Sunday to demand an finish to perpetual battle and the funding of training, well being care and different social wants as an alternative.
Stopping U.S. army involvement in Syria and Yemen and shutting U.S. army bases around the globe had been among the many calls for voiced by the protestors who set out from Pentagon Metropolis and marched to the seat of American army energy alongside a one-mile route.
With the Pentagon within the background, the protestors shouted slogans and waved indicators calling for, “No Extra Struggle.”
Walter Teague, an activist, spoke of participating within the mass protest of 35,000 folks towards the Vietnam Struggle that converged on the Pentagon constructing on October 21, 1967. That was 51 years in the past to the day of Sunday’s girls’s march, which befell after 5 extra many years of American wars. In 1967 one may stroll proper as much as the Pentagon’s entrance door, in contrast to now when the constructing is fenced off on all sides, a whole lot of yards from the general public.
And in contrast to militarized police in heavy armor on guard at mass demonstrations today, these 1967 protestors had been confronted by army police sporting solely helmets and carrying a single M-16 rifle. (Although there have been 6,000 armed troops inside the constructing.) The one police current on Sunday had been those that escorted the protestors by way of the gates.
Among the many audio system on a stage arrange in a Pentagon parking zone, with the five-sided battle headquarters within the background, was Jill Stein, the 2016 Inexperienced Social gathering candidate for president. Stein advised the group: “There’s not a number of democracy happening on the market as a result of they’ve acquired the brand new McCarthyism going … The period of censorship, of warmongering and of political suppression is again massive time.”
“Simply because there’s radio silence on the market doesn’t imply there isn’t a riot in full swing. You’ve acquired to go to the communities to see it. Have you learnt why our communities are crumbling? As a result of our tax are going over there,” she mentioned pointing to the Pentagon.
Final tax day Individuals paid a mean $three,400 every “to maintain that factor doing what it’s doing,” mentioned Stein, gesturing to the constructing. “Whereas we had been digging deep for the Pentagon … $80 of the common taxpayer went to help social applications and $40” to help the Environmental Safety Company.
The march was organized for the 51st anniversary of 1967 by Cindy Sheehan, who misplaced her son within the invasion of Iraq and have become a nationwide determine when she camped out in entrance of George W. Bush’s Texas ranch in protest of the unlawful battle.
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