Thousands Rally in America Against NATO Summit Carrying Banners Showing Images of Shahid Ahmadi Rowshan and Shahid Rezayinehad, the Iranian Martyr-Scientist, Banners in Support of Iran Also Among Protesters.
BarackObama.ir: according to Solidarity with Iran (SI) Campaign, as it was envisaged, on Sunday May 20th, at the time that the heads of member countries of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization were meeting in Chicago, thousands of people held demonstrations against the acts of war of such military organization which protects the interests of the 1% minority in the hegemonic countries. "NATO Out of Afghanistan Now!", and "No Sanctions and War on Iran and Syria" were among the main slogans of the protesters.
The umbrella organization for the large demonstration on May 20 was the Coalition Against the NATO/G8 War and Poverty Agenda (CANG8), which from months ahead of the action day worked closely with the Occupy movement – and specially with the Chicago branch of that movement – to prepare the massive protests. Meanwhile, a very broader coalition made of organizations from different communities of black, immigrant, Muslim, labor, women, environmental, anti-nuclear, religious, and many more was formed to build the anti NATO protests. A leading role in the May 20 demonstration was played by veterans who returned their war medals in protest.
A noticeable feature of the Chicago demonstration was the presence of activists from the Solidarity with Iran (SI) Campaign who carried among their placards and banners, images of Mostafa Ahmadi Roshan and Daryoush Rezayinejad, two Iranian nuclear martyr-scientists. However, the SI activists were not the only ones who condemned the aggressions against Iran and Syria in the Chicago demonstration. Others, including some of the main antiwar coalitions in the US such as United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) and Act Now to Stop War and End Racism (ANSWER) and certain branches of the Peace Council also chanted slogans and carried signs in condemnation of sanctions and war threats against Iran and Syria.
The demonstrators condemned both NATO warmongering policies and injustices perpetrated by the capitalist economy. The hard living conditions for the 99 percent majority resulting from the economic crisis of the capitalist system was evident in the outburst of demonstrators against unemployment, lower wages, foreclosures and citizens’ housing debts to banks, high costs of education and health care.