SOLIDARITY STATEMENT of the IRAQ SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN
for the SEPTEMBER 24 INTERNATIONAL DAY of ACTION AGAINST WAR
This September 24, tens of thousands of Americans will be marching in Washington DC for what could be the biggest demonstration against the war in Iraq in months. With calls for ending the occupation Iraq growing louder than ever inside the United States, the US anti-war movement has called for solidarity protests across the globe to prove that the world still says, “No to war!”
We at the Iraq Solidarity Campaign, a broad multi-sectoral coalition of social movements, trade unions, women’s organizations, NGOs, political parties, and other organizations and individuals in the Philippines, will be rising to that call. On September 23, we will be joining thousands of people who, during that weekend, will be mobilizing in Japan, Korea, Turkey, Greece, the United Kingdom, Mexico, and the United States, among others.
Focusing on our fellow Asians, we here in the Philippines will be marching to the Korean embassy to demand that the Korean government — whose 2,800 troops are the third largest contingent in Iraq after the US and the UK — stops occupying Iraq.
We will also continue to oppose any attempts by the Philippine government to help the US prolong the occupation. We continue to demand accountability for the Philippines’ complicity in participating in this illegal and immoral war.
Our actions here in the Philippines are our way of expressing our recognition and support for the Iraqi people’s legitimate right to self-determination and their legitimate right to resist the occupation.
End the Occupation of Iraq! US and all coalition Troops out of Iraq!
Korean Troops Go Home! ictory for the Iraqi People!
IRAQ SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN (ISC)
19 September 2005
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FILIPINO ANTI-WAR GROUPS TO PICKET KOREAN EMBASSY,
DEMAND END TO OCCUPATION OF IRAQ
Members of the Iraq Solidarity Campaign (ISC) will be massing at the Korean Embassy in Makati to demand the withdrawal of Korean troops from the US-led coalition occupying Iraq. “US and Korean troops out of Iraq” and “No to an illegitimate foreign policy from an illegitimate president!” will be the group’s main call.
Among the protesters will be Fr Robert Reyes, more popularly known as the “running priest” and a long-time anti-war advocate. He will be joining representatives from the ISC, a broad coalition of social movements, political parties, religious organizations, women’s groups, NGOs, and other organizations and individuals that has been campaigning for an end to the US-led occupation of Iraq.
Organizers of the picket said they chose to focus on the Korean government this time because they have 2,800 troops in Iraq — the third largest contingent in the US-led coalition after the United States and the United Kingdom. The ISC has marched to the US embassy on several occasions in the past.
“We denounce our fellow Asians’ participation in the illegal occupation of another Asian people’s land,” said Cora Fabros, an ISC member. “The Korean troops — under the command of the US — are depriving the Iraqis of true sovereignty and democracy.”
The protest action is part of an international day of action called for by US anti-war groups who are organizing what could be the biggest march against the war in the United States since Bush was re-elected. Anti-war coalitions in the UK, Japan, Korea, Greece, Turkey, and other countries are also scheduled to hold protest actions.
The picket will be at the Korean embassy office at the Pacific Star Building along Buendia Avenue corner Makati Avenue at 10 AM on September 23, 2005. =========================
22 September 2005
The Honorable Ambassador
Korean Embassy, Philippines
We are members of the Iraq Solidarity Campaign, a broad coalition of social movements, political parties, religious organizations, women’s groups, NGOs, and other organizations and individuals that has been campaigning for an end to the occupation of Iraq.
We will be picketing your embassy on Friday, September 23, 9 am to demand the withdrawal of Korean troops from the US-led coalition occupying Iraq.
We have chosen to focus on the Korean government this time because your government has 2,800 troops in Iraq — the third largest contingent in the US-led coalition after the United States and the United Kingdom. The ISC has marched to the US embassy on several occasions in the past.
We join thousands of Koreans and millions of people from all over the world in saying no to war and yes to peace and justice. We call oppose our fellow Asians’ participation in the illegal occupation of another Asian people’s land. The Korean troops — under the command of the US — are depriving the
Iraqis of true sovereignty and democracy.
Our protest action will be part of an international day of action called for by US anti-war groups who are organizing what could be the biggest march against the war in the United States since Bush was re-elected. Anti-war coalitions in the UK, Japan, Korea, Greece, Turkey, and other countries are also scheduled to hold protest actions.
We trust that you will convey to your home government that we Filipinos — alongside Koreans and people from around the world — oppose your governments’ complicity in the illegal occupation of Iraq.
IRAQ SOLIDARITY CAMPAIGN PHILIPPINES
The date posted here is due to our website rebuild, it does not reflect the original date this article was posted. This article was originally posted in Yonip on Sept 26th 2005