ANTI-WAR Protesters Greet Harper In Burnaby

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ANTI-WAR Protesters Greet Harper In Burnaby

Anti-War Protesters Greet Harper in Burnaby  -  by Jessica Murphy

http://www.ottawasun.com/news/decision2011/2011/04/16/18020826.html

"A group of about three dozen anti-war demonstrators greeted the Conservative campaign Saturday, chanting and jeering outside a rally in BC's Lower Mainland.

'WE'RE HERE TO SAY IT'S TIME THE WAR WAS AN ISSUE IN THIS ELECTION,' said protest organizer Derrick O'Keefe, with Vancouver based peace group, the STOP WAR Coalition.

'WE DON'T THINK PRECIOUS TAXPAYER MONEY AND YOUNG LIVES SHOULD BE GOING TO PROP UP DRUG TRAFFICKERS AND WARLORDS.'

OKeefe said THE FACT THAT THE AFGHAN DETAINEE DOCUMENTS WILL BE KEPT SEALED UNTIL AFTER THE ELECTION IS HELPING KEEP A LID ON THE ISSUE...

'WE DON'T ENDORSE ANY CANDIDATES AND WE DON'T HAVE ANY ILLUSIONS IT WOULD MAKE A DIFFERENCE ANYWAY,' OKeefe said..."

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"Despite voting to end Canada's participation in Afghanistan, Harper has committed to maintaining a thousand police and soldiers in Afghanistan for what they call a training mission," said Roger Annis, a member of the Vancouver Stopwar Coalition. "We regard this as simply a continuation of foreign military occupation."

"We are against the war budget," Annis continued. "The Canadian government has committed to spending billions and billions of dollars more - in addition to the huge hikes they have already carried out in these past years."

Annis also explained how Stopwar is morally opposed to the exorbitant amount of money being spent on F-35 fighter jets by the Harper government. "This kind of military weaponry will be used against people of the world, so there's a moral issue here. This is also a flagrant abuse of money that should otherwise be spent on healthcare, education, and assisting other countries in the world living in destitute conditions, like in Haiti or Pakistan. A policy that is serious on social justice would support people around the world living in desperate conditions. Spending on military will simply perpetuate a world of injustice."