Protests Against Syrian Attack and US Militarism Continue

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Above: Antiwar protest in Salt Lake City Sunday, April 15, 2018 by Scott Sommerdorf for The Salt Lake Tribune

Weekend protests continued Sunday against the US attack on Syria and US militarism and war. A large protest was held in New York City, as can be seen in the tweet report below.

The focus of the protests also included Israeli murders of unarmed Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border. Thirty-two people have been killed by sniper fire since the Palestinian protests began on March 30. The protests will continue for six weeks until the anniversary of the Nakba on May 15.

In addition to Syria and Israel, people protested the ongoing war in Yemen and threats to Iran, North Korea and Venezuela. People also protested the US military base in Okinawa, Japan and US militarism in the Philippines. The massive increase in spending on war and war preparation, now making up 60 percent of federal discretionary spending, was also protested as people called for divestment from the war machine.

The US antiwar movement, which had become somewhat dormant in the era of Barack Obama due to his rhetoric opposing war and despite his expansion of US militarism, is showing signs of reawakening. More protests are likely in the coming months, especially if the Trump administration escalates or begins wars in other areas.

Protests are planned in the fall, including the Women’s March on the Pentagon on October 20-21, 2018 and the protest against Trump’s military parade on November 11, 2018, the 100th anniversary of Armistice Day (also known as Veterans Day). The Women’s March is planning an ongoing vigil at the Pentagon linking the two protests.

Below is a Twitter Moment created by Margaret Kimberley of Black Agenda Report which shows the protest in New York City.

Additional protest scenes are provided in the links below.

Posted by Winston Weeks on Sunday, April 15, 2018

  • Aaron1Tovish

    Thanks from Mexico City to all protesters. There is clearly room for growth. Go for it!

  • cpapermaster

    Codepink in San Francisco got mainstream media coverage. Here’s one sample:

  • rgaura

    Thank you for the compilation! We need to get the facts out about this disgusting invasion and occupation of Syria! I don´t think we can see beyond the bullshit and sea of red herrings until we realise that the US is occupying 30% of Syria, and that includes 95% of their oil wealth, most of their water and agricultural land. Also that Israel is occupying the areas where new, large oil and gas reserves have been discovered; offshore in Gaza, and in the occupied Syrian territory of the Golan Heights (see Genie Energy). So, stopping the `hostilities´ is not enough. The current occupations amount to the kind of economic warfare that is producing genocide in Yemen. How can Syria rebuild her devastated infrastructure or feed her people with the AngloZionists in control of all of their assets? Americans must be informed of this. The aggression of 7 years against the sovereign state of Syria is about theft, pure and simple. Theft, and the destruction of an ancient, gracious culture. We need to take down both major war parties come November. Vote independent, and raise hell against these immoral swine.