Iraqis Organize Against U.S. Occupation
April 20, 2003
During the last week, tens of thousands of Iraqis, in several cities, have come into the streets to protest U.S. occupation of their country and demand that U.S. troops get out immediately.
In Baghdad, demonstrations have taken place every day. On Friday, April 18, tens of thousands of people marched through several neighborhoods and converged in the central district of Azamiyah to demand an end to U.S. occupation. Banners and slogans said: "No to America!" "We Reject American Hegemony!" and "Leave Our Country, Iraq Belongs to Iraqis." Two days earlier, a large protest in front of a U.S. marine headquarters proclaimed: "Down, down U.S.A. -- don't stay, go away!"
These mass actions were supported by a broad array of religious and political organizations and leaders. Speakers demanded that the U.S. "army of occupation" immediately leave the country saying "Get out before we kick you out." Another statement called on the people to "unite withe each other to send America and Britain out of your country. It is a duty for the Iraqi nation." The protests also explicitly denounced U.S. attempts to set up a puppet government. One statement said: "We must oppose the federal government the U.S. wants to set up in the coming few days. Our movement wants every Iraqi to take part in rebuilding and set up a new modern state." Banners proclaimed: "We want true freedom, not American puppets."
Similar actions have been organized in other cities. On April 15, at least 20,000 Iraqis marched in Nasiriya, under banners reading: "No to America, No to Saddam." The rally was organized to coincide with and oppose a meeting organized by U.S. occupationist forces as part of the attempt to rig up a puppet administration.
Also on April 15, U.S. troops fired on a peaceful political rally in Mosul called to oppose U.S. occupation. U.S. Brigadier-General Vince Brooks admitted that "Fire was indeed delivered from coalition forces, it was lethal fire and some Iraqis were killed as a result." Press reports say that 15 people were killed and hundreds wounded.
The fact that such broad and militant actions are being organized within days after U.S. bombs stopped falling shows the determination of the Iraqi people.
It is the duty of the American people to support the Iraqi people's struggle against U.S. occupation and U.S. colonialism.
End the Occupation of Iraq!
No to Colonization!
U.S. Troops Out of Iraq and the Middle East!