|February - April 2003 | Melbourne protests against War on Iraq in 2003||www.takver.com|
Victorian Peace Network
NSW Walk against War
Medical Assoc. for the prevention of war - mapw.org.au
Women for Peace (Australia)
For Australian events:
Selected as the Labour Website of the week (9 April 1998)
Against Terrorism, Against War Melbourne Protests for Peace in 2003
18 Mar 2003: John HoWARd, Prime Minister of Australia, has authorised Australian troops to invade Iraq with US forces. This is clearly a war of aggression, which the UN Security Council refuses to sanction.The Invasion of Iraq
Daily vigil at American Consulate 553 St Kilda Road Melbourne, Monday to Friday 8am to 7pm, Women for Peace: No Weapons No Wars, in conjunction with the Moreland Peace Group.
Daily vigil outside State Library Swanston st Melbourne
Defence Plaza Picket Every Monday: 7.30am onwards. Defence Plaza, 661 Bourke st (Just up from Spencer St). Nonviolent weekly picket and campaign of civil disobedience organised by Direct Action Peace Network.
10 April - Slaughter, guilt, comfort and denial - Carmen Lawrence in Webdiary 9 April.
8 April - Killing Civilians, the Immoral Face of War - Robert Fisk
"The man opens the palms of his hands, the way Arabs do when they want to express impotence. "What can we do?" they always say, but the man is silent. But I'm glad. How, after all, could I ever tell him that Safa Karim must die for Sept. 11, for George Bush's fantasies and Tony Blair's moral certainty and for Paul Wolfowitz's dreams of "liberation" and for the "democracy" which we are blasting our way through these people's lives to create?". Or try explaining the need for war to ALI Ismaeel Abbas, 12, when a missile obliterated his home and most of his family, leaving him orphaned, badly burned - and blowing off both his arms.
4 April - Wailing children, the wounded, the dead: victims of the day cluster bombs rained on Babylon - Robert Fisk
4 April - Use of Unconventional Weapons Will US Forces use Chemical or biological weapons in the battle of Baghdad and attribute it to Iraq?
24 March - Pictures of civilian casualties of the war Meet some of the recipients of the terrorism Australia has brought to Iraq.
20 Mar 2003: Read Takver's Open Letter to John Howard
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It is time to make a stand against the warmongering of the greatest rogue state in the world, the United States of America. The U.S. has the largest stockpiles of weapons of mass destruction of any nation, including nuclear, biological and chemical weapons. Its military industrial complex sells ingredients and technology for the production of weapons of mass production to numerous countries, including in the past to Iraq. The government of the United States refuses to sign or abide by international agreements including:
Source: TomPaine.common sense Journal
Declassified Documents Prove: US Planed And Executed Genocidal Acts Against The Iraqi People in 1991 by targeting water treatment plants which has resulted in more than half a million civilian deaths.
CIA analyst Stephen Pelletiere (ret. prof at the Army War College), exposes the Bush Cabal's motives and plans. Pelletiere was a senior analyst with the CIA for Iraq and Iran. He confirms that this war is about the control of oil, and that Iraq cannot be considered a military threat. He also exposes the lie that the Kurds of Halabja, in March 1988, were killed intentionally by the Iraqi military, but were civilian casualties arising from battles in which both Iran and Iraq used chemical weapons.(Two sixteen minute streaming videos.)
This is the country our Prime Minister, John Howard, wants us to follow to war! Who will profit from this war? The United States based Oil companies and the arms manufacturers.
John Howard says "have your beef with the Government, have your beef with me, do not have your beef with the men and women of the Australian Defence Force", and indeed that is the case. I say bring the troops home to avoid being killed, to avoid ingesting depleted uranium, a weapon of mass destruction which the US forces will use, to avoid being indicted for crimes against humanity. And when our military forces do come home, I will support adequate compensation and recognition of their medical conditions from Veterans Affairs.
In all, between 800,000 and one million Australians marched to stop the war on Iraq on the weekend of 14-16 February (see Melbourne Protests for Peace). Opinion polls continue to show a large majority opposed to Australia's involvement without UN authorisation.
Most people are aware of the nature of Saddam Hussein's regime, but does that justify a military invasion and occupation? There are many countries with brutal military regimes, none of which are being proposed for invasion and occupation. Invasion and occupation inflicts massive casualties on the civilian population. As the Iraqi regime is so brutal, perhaps we should also immediately grant any Iraqi refugees permanent residency visas.
On the question of biological and chemical weapons of mass destruction, the US government sold Anthrax spores and base chemicals to the Iraq regime in the 1980s. If it is good enough to demand that Iraq's chemical and biological weapons be inspected and destroyed, surely it is good enough for the same to occurr with other countries, starting with the USA. It was Anthrax from its own stockpiles that was sent anonymously by post after September 11 2001, yet we do not see any rigid accountability of those stockpiles:
The Bush government is full of hypocrisy. Just look at how the USA has used its veto on the security council in the last 30 years.
Iraq's oil fields are the second largest known reserves in the world. The war on Iraq is about oil and profits. George Bush and Cheney, and other cabinet members have backgrounds in the oil industry. But it is also ideologically driven. Many of them are also members of a right wing Think Tank called The Project for the New American Century. The invasion of Iraq is the first stage for American control of the Iraq oil fields and literally, world domination under a new socio-economic Pax Americana:
That the Australian Government is an accomplice in this immoral and avaricious invasion will come home to haunt us. The true Axis of evil are the Governments of the USA, Britain and Australia, who are imposing nothing less than corporate fascism on a world scale.
The State terrorism of Bush, Blair, Howard and Saddam Hussein must all be rejected. Brian Martin, an anarchist and nonviolence activist, has put forward A nonviolent plan to oust Saddam. Read his other writings on peace, war and nonviolence.
The time has come to say an emphatic NO TO WAR. But with the intransigence of our Governments, it means doing more than signing another petition, attending another rally, although these are necessary to do. It needs to be made clear that the profits of war will no longer be tolerated. No Business as Usual.
The horrors of war are many, but at the level of the common folk there are no victors: it is the survivors who feel the human suffering and deprivation caused by the generals and politicians. It will be the families of the dead and injured in Iraq, as well as the US or Australia that will be forced to endure the ongoing consequences of war.
Killed in Battle by German artist Käthe Kollwitz, 1921.
(See Art: the Alternative Tradition)
This site is no longer active but remains as an archive of the Melbourne anti-war protests from February to April 2003 against the invasion of Iraq.
You can read an 80 page book as a PDF on the Antiwar/peace movement in Melbourne from 2001 to 2007: Against Terrorism, Against War. Melbourne Protests for Peace. (PDF 1.5MB)
Tens of thousands of people rallied at Treasury Gardens in Melbourne at 2pm, before marching to Federation Square, up Swanston Street, then Bourke Street to Parliament House and down Spring street back to Treasury Gardens. Half way through the march the heavens openned up and heavy rain soaked the peace march. The gutters running over, many people took refuge under the awnings on the footpath, while quite a few people continued on in the soaking rain. This march demonstrated there is still strong feelings on the morality of Australia's involvement in the invasion of Iraq.
Another reality check for Prime Minister John Howard. 40,000 people march against the war in Iraq in Melbourne. On Friday night 500 people hindered his attempt to attend a function in Camberwell.
Several hundred lawyers and legal workers rallied against the war on Iraq. One banner said Make Law not War. Another report.
About 3,000 students, predominantly from High School, rallied and marched against the war on Iraq, shouting slogans and chanting through the streets of Melbourne.
About 150 parents with babies and toddlers gathered at the Government Offices in Casselden Place to stop the war, and argue for more money on child welfare not warfare, books not bombs and Medicare not Missiles.
Up to 20,000 people rallied in the rain at 5pm and marched to Parliament House.
Up to 10,000 unionists stopped work and marched against the war today in Melbourne.
With about 3 hours notice, up to 50,000 people marched in Melbourne in anger and protest at the start of war on Baghdad. Read Takver's open letter to John Howard.
As part of a global vigil for peace involving at least 5955 vigils in 4000 cities or towns in 134 countries, Brunswick residents held at least two vigils for peace. The Vigil on Sydney Road had about 50 people actively participate on about 7 hours notice. In neighboring suburb of Northcote about 250 people held a candle light march and vigil.
More than 100 people rallied and marched around the Coburg Shopping Precinct. In High Street Northcote 100+ people also rallied and marched, organised by the Darebin Anti-war Group.
Up to 400 people gathered at Federation Square on Friday afternoon to condemn Howard, Bush and Blair and their rush to war on Iraq.
70 Art students staged a protest along St Kilda Road.
Students march against war!
About 4,000 predominently high school students rallied against war outside the State Library, then marched to Parliament House.
Moreland Peace Group anti-war march in Brunswick
About 300 people gathered at the Brunswick Town Hall for a rally and march against the U.S. led war on Iraq. The rally and march was organised by the newly formed Moreland Peace Group.
No war for Oil outside BP and Esso | Indymedia
200 people gathered outside the offices of BP in Melbourne Central today (Friday 21 Feb) to protest the war on Iraq. They then marched through rain to the offices of Esso at Southbank.
Organised by the Anti-War Action Collective,
meetings 6.30pm Mondays at Trades Hall.
Up to 250,000 march in Melbourne for Peace and Against war on Iraq
Hundreds of thousands of people brought the centre of Melbourne to a standstill from 5pm to 7pm protesting against the War on Iraq. This is the largest demonstration Melbourne has ever seen and sends a powerful message to the Australian Government and to the United States and Britain about popular opposition to their warmongering on Iraq.
Student banner Feb 14 rally
NO WAR ON IRAQ!
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