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Nevadans Join Anti-Surge Protest in DC


Friday, January 26, 2007   

With President Bush set to surge 21 thousand more US troops into Iraq, some Nevadans are joining the estimated tens of thousands gathering in Washington DC (Saturday) to call for an end to the war. Comments from Stewart Stout with ANSWER-Reno (Act Now to Stop War and Racism) and Marie Bravo with Code Pink, Women for Peace.

Predictions are that it could be the biggest anti-war protest since the start of the Iraq War. Stewart Stout with the Reno group Act Now to Stop War and Racism is among those in Washington to protest this weekend. Stout says it is clear the President is set to go with his plan to surge 21 thousand more US troops into Iraq, and Stout believes Congress is unwilling to stop the plan.

"And what we're really saying is that the people are the only force in this country that are going to stop the war, and that we believe that people need to mobilize in massive numbers to bring this war to an end."

Stout says Nevada communities are being devastated by both cuts in social services and the loss of friends and family members in Iraq, so he will be with the tens of thousands of protestors this weekend. The President says chaos will follow if US forces are pulled back too soon.

Marie Bravo with the Reno group Code Pink-Women for Peace is already in Washington gathering shoes for a protest this weekend that aims to show that Iraqi civilians killed in the war are more than just collateral damage.

"We hope to have about 6-thousand shoes there to represent 655 thousand civilians that have been killed by this war 90% of the casualties of this war have been civilians and over half of them are women and children."

Stout says both economic and human costs are fuelling the anti-war protest.

"Communities are being devastated economically, social services are being cut, our friends and family are dying in Iraq; so I think it's a combination of all of these things. People are fed up; they don't want this war to go on any more."

Predictions are that it could be the biggest anti-war protest since the start of the Iraq War. Mike Clifford reports...

Stout is at 775-636-4003 and Bravo 916 873 3386.

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