[sixties-l] Shades Of The Sixties (fwd)

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    Shades Of The Sixties


    WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2002

    Tens of thousands of anti-war protesters circled the White House on Saturday
    after Jesse Jackson and other speakers denounced the Bush administration's
    Iraq policies and demanded a revolt at the ballot box to promote peace.

    The protest coincided with anti-war demonstrations from Augusta, Maine, to
    San Francisco, and abroad from Rome and Berlin to Tokyo to San Juan, Puerto
    Rico, and Mexico City.

    In Washington and many of the other demonstrations, protesters added
    complaints about U.S. policy toward the Palestinians.

    "We must not be diverted. In two years we've lost 2 million jobs,
    unemployment is up, stock market down, poverty up," Jackson told a spirited
    crowd in Washington. "It's time for a change. It's time to vote on Nov. 5 for
    hope. We need a regime change in this country."

    Congress has authorized the use of military force to achieve the
    administration policy of "regime change" in Iraq.

    "If we launch a pre-emptive strike on Iraq we lose all moral authority,"
    Jackson told the chanting, cheering throng spread out on green lawns near the
    Vietnam Veterans Memorial.

    "This effort today is part of a world wide effort to choose peace over war,
    coexistence over coannihilation. To pre-emptively strike Iraq, to kill a lot
    of innocent people to get to Saddam, is amoral," the Rev. Jackson said,
    speaking to reporters at a pre-march Washington rally.

    A sign showed Mr. Bush's face at the end of two bright red bombs with the
    caption: "Drop Bush, not bombs."

    Another demonstrator's sign said, "Regime change begins at home." Bush
    administration policy holds that a "regime change" must come about in Iraq,
    by force if necessary.

    Among dozens of speakers, actress-activist Susan Sarandon said, "In the name
    of fear and fighting terror, we are giving the reins of power to oil men
    looking for distraction from their disastrous economic performance; oil men
    more interested in the financial bottom line than a moral bottom line."

    The protest brought out the elderly, young parents with babies in strollers,
    even a man dressed as Uncle Sam wearing dreadlocks and another Uncle Sam, on
    stilts, with an elongated Pinocchio nose.

    Protest organizers claimed up to 200,000 people had answered the call to
    challenge President Bush's determination to force out Iraqi President Saddam
    Hussein. Because the U.S. Park Police no longer issues crowd estimates, the
    size of the crowd could not be verified. As the march began, participants
    stretched for at least five city blocks.

    On a nearby street corner, a handful of Iraqi-Americans staged a
    counterdemonstration. Aziz al-Taee, spokesman for the Iraqi-American Council,
    said, "I think America is doing just fine. ... We think every day Saddam
    stays in power, he kills more Iraqis."

    New Englanders ventured out in snow, sleet and rain to join demonstrations in
    Maine and Vermont. Across the nation a couple thousand showed up at the
    Colorado capitol in downtown Denver, and demonstrators marched at San

    The thousands who gathered in cities across Europe, Asia and beyond also
    displayed vocal opposition to the U.S. policy toward Iraq and demanded
    reversal of Mr. Bush's Iraq policies.

    In San Francisco, demonstrators stretched about a mile as they marched from
    the financial district to City Hall, carrying placards that read, "Money for
    jobs, not for war" and "No blood for oil."

    Young punk rockers with mohawks, aging hippies and middle-aged couples with
    children all took part, chanting, "One, two, three, four, we don't want your
    racist war."

    In Berlin, an estimated 8,000 people, brandishing placards that declared "War
    on the imperialist war," converged on the downtown Alexanderplatz and marched
    past the German Foreign Ministry. Another 1,500 showed up in Frankfurt, 500
    in Hamburg.

    Another 1,500 rain-soaked demonstrators gathered under umbrellas outside the
    U.S. Embassy in Copenhagen, Denmark. More than 1,000 marched in Stockholm,

    In Washington, civil rights activist Al Sharpton addressed Mr. Bush, even
    though the president was at an economic summit in Mexico.

    "It would have been good for you to be here, George, so you could see what
    America really looks like," Sharpton said. "We are the real America.

    "We are the patriots that believe that America should heal the world and not
    bring the world to nuclear war over the interests of those business tycoons
    who put you in the White House."

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