Rallies denounce NATO bombing of Libya
Published Jul 17, 2011 6:43 AM
Rallies in Washington and San Francisco on July 9 demanded an end to the
U.S./NATO bombing of Libya. At the White House, more than 300 people included
supporters of the Nation of Islam and other local Black Muslim organizations in
the Washington, D.C. area. A delegation of Libyans drove to the protest from
Colorado and waved green flags in support of Gadhafi and the people’s
revolution that brought him to power.
A contingent of people from the Ivory Coast came from around the country to
protest intervention in their own country and oppose the bombing of Libya. At
the rally, that contingent chanted “Free Gbagbo,” referring to the
deposed and arrested ex-president, and carried placards about the struggle in
the Ivory Coast.
In San Francisco, about 150 people marched in the demonstration opposing the
bombing of Libya and then joined the demonstration in solidarity with the
prisoners holding a hunger strike at the Pelican Bay State Prison in
California. (See articles this issue.)
In Washington, a contingent from Workers World Party distributed a booklet
entitled “U.S. Hands of Libya,” containing articles from this
newspaper exposing the nature of U.S. intervention in Libya and supporting
Cynthia McKinney’s national tour in which she is telling the truth about
what she saw in Libya. Every single one of the booklets was scooped up by
attendees, apparently excited to see an anti-imperialist explanation of the
Members of the American Party of Labor were also in attendance, as was a
delegation from the Iranian-American Friendship Society. The Answer Coalition
had initiated the anti-war actions in both cities.
At the rally, Sharon Black, representing Workers World Party, made clear as she
spoke to the media that the money used to bomb Libya could be used instead to
provide employment to the millions across the country in need of a job or an
A much smaller contingent of counterprotesters made clear its true agenda by
waving the flag of the Libyan monarchy of King Idris and openly supporting the
murder of their own people with signs such as “NATO is the
Numerous times the small group of counterprotestors shouted racial slurs at
people of African descent and insinuated that because of their ethnicity they
were “getting welfare from Gaddafi.”
Speakers at the closing session, held indoors at the George Washington
University School of Business, said that Minister Louis Farrakhan and former
U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark were both in full support of the rally and
Organizers of the event hailed rallies in Libya against the bombing, which
reportedly had 1.7 million people in attendance. The organizers urged all to
attend the upcoming rally in New York City on Aug. 13 initiated by a coalition
of Pan-African organizations, including the December 12th Movement, the New
Black Panther Party and the Nation of Islam, and endorsed and supported by
anti-imperialist groups like Answer and the International Action Center.
The rally planned for Aug. 13 will also demand that the U.S. end its effort to
destabilize Zimbabwe and other African countries.
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