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American-Iranian Friendship Committee participates in anti-war rally in DC

Source: American-Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC)
Photos by Amir Fardi



To All progressive Americans and Iranians:


Following a period of educational and local activities of the U.S. peace movement, the demonstration in Washington, DC on January 27, 2007 was well-attended and enthusiastic in spirit.  According to reports, over 100,000 people, including hundreds of active duty service members and veterans of the Iraq and previous wars, demonstrated in various forms their strong opposition to the U.S. government’s continuation and expansion of the war and threats of another war, this time against Iran



The demands of the participants could be summarized as follows:

Stop the War in Iraq!
Escalation: the Wrong Way
Impeach Bush for War Crimes
Stop the War in Iraq!
U.S. Release 5 Kidnapped Iranian Diplomats   
Ban Israel’s Atom Bombs
No Sanctions on Iran!
Congress: Stop Funding the War Budget!
End the Occupation of Palestine!
End Israeli Apartheid
End the lunacy! End it Now!
East Harlem Says: End the War! Bring the Troops Home Now!



As we can see from these slogans, the demands of the organizations had extended from opposition to the U.S. aggression in Iraq to prevention of a U.S. war against Iran, the country that Bush is now blaming for its failure in Iraq.



This was the first demonstration that Iranians in bigger numbers had participated in the anti-war movement, and their participation was noted in press reports.  Iranians of all different hues had one clear message to the U.S. government: the U.S. has no right of imposing a war on Iran, destroying their civilization, and forcing them back to the Middle Ages.



AIFC had a table under a large yellow banner opposing war on Iran, which drew many to receive our literature and sign the on-line petition: .   In the first hour, over 100 buttons reading: U.S. HANDS OFF IRAN!  NO SANCTIONS! created by AIFC had been scooped up by peace activists for donations.  Many Iranians expressed their appreciation for the work of the American-Iranian Friendship Committee (AIFC) and their strong willingness to support AIFC’s future activities.




We in AFIC intend to use the success in Washington, DC as a platform for building a stronger network of Americans and Iranians willing to prevent the United States from attacking Iran under the guise of Iran’s interference in Iraq and its alleged intention of building nuclear weapons years from now.  The politics of some Iranians who intend to weaken Iran economically, diplomatically, and militarily so that the U.S. aggression and plots for regime change will proceed, were absent or insignificant.



AIFC will make every effort to unify all those who are truly against a war on Iran and do not fall for Washington’s strategy of “regime change” in Iran



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