Saturday October 25 – 12:30 pm

Waterfront Skytrain Station

Vancouver anti-war rally

The Canadian Peace Alliance and the Quebec-based Collectif Échec à la guerre are calling for a weekend of protest actions against what has been termed the “third Iraq war”, on October 25-26. Vancouver’s broad-based StopWar coalition will hold a rally on Saturday, October 25, starting 12:30 pm in front of the Waterfront Skytrain station (601 West Cordova, at the foot of Granville).

Similar protests are being held in several other cities, including Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, and Edmonton. These actions will take place on the 12th anniversary of the October 2002 mobilizations in Canada and the US to oppose the preparation of the US invasion and the disastrous war of occupation in Iraq that lasted from 2003 to 2011.

StopWar joins with the CPA and Collectif Échec à la guerre to invite the people of Quebec and Canada to protest: – Against a new illegal war that threatens “world peace and security” while pretending to defend them; – Against the security and humanitarian pretexts invoked by the new coalition: the protection of Iraq’s population has nothing to do with the real motives of this war, which will cause them more suffering and further deterioration of their living conditions; – Against a Canadian foreign policy centred on intensifying conflicts and war; – Against the hijacking of huge amounts of public resources to make war, promote the military industry, glorify the army and Canada’s military past, while for many years “austerity measures” have cut education, healthcare, public services, the promotion of women’s rights, the protection of the environment, international cooperation, etc.

We will take to the streets to demand: – The immediate end of Canadian participation in this new aggression coalition which has been set up for the strategic interests of the US empire and its allies; – A freeze on all major procurement projects of the Canadian military; – A broad public debate on Canadian foreign policy, the role of the army, the military industry and the arms trade; – That the Canadian government immediately cease deportation proceedings against U.S. Iraq war resisters and create, once and for all, a provision that would allow them to remain in Canada.

StopWar is engaged in a new effort to step up the anti-war movement, inviting participation by all those who oppose Canadian military involvement in the wars in the Middle East and beyond. The next StopWar planning meeting will take place at 5:30 pm, Wed., November 5, at the Mount Pleasant Community Centre, 1 Kingsway (by Main and 7th).

Download flyer for printing here.