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Minneapolis joins international day of action against war on Iran

By staff

Feb 4 protest demands "Hands of Iran."

Minneapolis, MN – More than 75 people gathered here Feb 4 to demonstrate against the growing danger of U.S. war on Iran. The Minneapolis event was a part of an international day of protest that included anti-war actions in over 50 cities in the U.S. and around the world.

The event was organized under the call of “No War on Iran – No Intervention, No Sanctions, No Assassinations, No Covert War.”

A statement issued by organizers says, in part, “There is a growing danger of yet another U.S. war; this time on Iran. A covert war against Iran is underway already, including assassinations of Iranian scientists and economic sanctions. Pro-war propagandists are conjuring up the supposed threat of nuclear weapons and violations of human rights in Iran.

“Recent history shows that when U.S. government officials start talking about ‘weapons of mass destruction’ and ‘human rights’ in a foreign country, the people of the U.S. and the world need to be worried. We heard the same unproven fear mongering about Iraq – all of which were lies and more lies,” the statement says.

“The intensified a campaign of demonization of Iran, along with major new economic sanctions and threats of war are all fueled by the claim that Iran is developing nuclear weapons. There is absolutely no evidence that Iran is doing anything beyond developing nuclear power, a legal act that poses no threat to other nations,” the statement concludes.

The Minnesota Peace Action Coalition initiated the Minneapolis Feb.4 protest. Endorsers included the Anti-War Committee, Military Families Speak Out, Twin Cities Peace Campaign, Students for a Democratic Society (U of M), Women Against Military Madness and others.

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