Thousands of people took to the streets last weekend to protest Canadas role in the war against Afghanistan.
November 17 was designated a day of non-violent action for global justice and peace by the September Eleven Peace Coalition, a cross-country coalition of groups for peace, faith, anti-globalization, students and women, as well as unions. Activists demonstrated in more than twenty-six centres across the country. Here are a few of the numbers, according to organizers:
- 5,000 in Vancouver;
- 4,000 in Montreal;
- 2,500 in Toronto;
- 2,000 in Ottawa (including anti-G20 protesters);
- 500 in Victoria;
- 500 in Winnipeg.
Grassroots anti-war protests have been going on across the country ever since September 11. This is the first time that there has been a co-ordinated effort. The results were impressive.
The demonstrations called on the federal government to withdraw Canadian armed forces from military action and to assess the agreements and policies of the World Trade Organization, the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank, basing such an assessment on peace and economic development.
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