Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

War Protesters March in Hollywood

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

War Protesters March in Hollywood

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ON THE seventh anniversary of the U.S. war in Iraq, thousands responded to the call of Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) to protest the ongoing U.S. occupation and warfare in Iraq and Afghanistan with a huge demonstration March 20 in Los Angeles.

Protesters gathered at the legendary corner of Hollywood and Vine and paraded one mile to the famed Kodak Theater, home of the Academy Awards. There bemused tourists received information about the ongoing turmoil in Iraq and Afghanistan via loudspeakers in the roped-off demonstration area.

During the buildup to the procession down Hollywood Boulevard, speakers railed against curriculum cuts while the deficit soars because of the costs of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, "while Pakistan looms around the corner." Another decried the actions of right-wing Minute Men and neo-Nazis who blame the economic crisis on immigrants instead of the war debt.

In the vanguard of the procession were U.S. military veterans who formed a color guard carrying flags with the names of war-profiteering corporations: Exxon, Blackwater, AIG, Chase, and Chevron. …

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