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Belfast Anti-War Movement

Public Meeting, Sept. 9th

Public Meeting
Tuesday 7.30pm – September 9th
Queens University Students Union
Conference Room

The Belfast Anti-War Movement is holding a public meeting to discuss the question of the US/UK occupation of Iraq.

Ann Fitzpatrick from the Belfast Anti-War Movement said “the occupation, far from bringing peace and stability, has turned into a nightmare for ordinary Iraqi’s.”

“Every day between 15 and 25 Iraqi civilians are killed. No one is safe. A TV cameraman was shot because US troops were unable to distinguish between a camera and a rocket launcher from 50 metres away. A family was gunned down because they misunderstood a command at a checkpoint,” she continued.

She said, “Demonstrations occur daily because the infrastructure has not been rebuilt and hundreds of thousands of children are without water or electricity.”

“George Bush and Tony Blair lied about the war on Iraq. The Hutton Inquiry is exposing Tony Blair’s lies daily. Neither Bush nor Blair has been able to show a shred of evidence of Weapons of Mass Destruction,” she said.

She suggested, “the effect of the occupation can be felt at home. The occupation is costing billions of pounds to maintain, while services and jobs are being cut and water charges are being introduced.”

“The millions around the world who marched against the war on February fifteenth have been proven right. That the war was unjust, unjustified and illegal,” she said.

The Public Meeting will feature John Rees from the Stop the War Coalition in London, organisers of the 2 million strong march on February 15th. Jamal Iweida from the Belfast Islamic Centre will also speak as will Monica McWilliams from Women's Coalition.

The meeting is part of the build-up to the international day of action against the occupation around the world between September 25th and 28th. The Belfast march and rally will be on Saturday 27th September.























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