Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Iraqi Americans Demonstrate

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Iraqi Americans Demonstrate

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Several hundred Iraqi Americans gathered in the rain at Washington, DC's Dupont Circle Oct. 11 to voice their support for a regime change in Iraq. "We say no to Saddam," demonstrators said. "We are fed up! We call on Saddam Hussain to step down now to save the Iraqi people from more bloodshed and destruction."

Hussain is holding elections on Oct. 15 and will falsify the results to win 99.99 percent of the vote, Imam Dr. Jamar Talib Al-Rafai from Toledo, OH told this reporter. "But he isn't including the votes of more than 4 million Iraqis who have left their country to escape his regime."

"In this country, the United States, we are not afraid to say no to Saddam," another Iraqi dissident, Emad Dhia, declared. "We call on the U.S. government to change the regime and establish democracy in Iraq. We want a government that respects law and order, freedom and justice for all ethnic, national and religious groups in Iraq," said Dhia, who said he attended a June 1 Iraqi American conference at the U.S. State Department.

When asked how he'd feel if a U.S. bombing campaign killed Iraqi civilians, Dhia said he would feel terrible to see his family and friends endangered in Iraq. …

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