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article imagePeace group opposes Canada's military action in Iraq Special

By Paula Kirman     Oct 26, 2014 in Politics
Edmonton - A peace group in Edmonton was vocal about its opposition to Canada's pending military action against Iraq, in a rally on October 25.
The Edmonton Coalition Against War and Racism (ECAWAR), organized the rally in response to a call from the Canadian Peace Alliance/Collectif Échec à la guerre (which dubs itself as "Canada's umbrella coalition for peace and prosperity - not war and austerity). The Alliance called for a weekend of demonstrations on October 25 and 26 to oppose Canada's participation in a new war in Iraq, named "Don't Attack Iraq!"
Don t Attack Iraq! Don t Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton  October 25  2014. Peggy Morton from ...
Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton, October 25, 2014. Peggy Morton from ECAWAR was the main speaker.
The weekend also coincided with the anniversary of similar demonstrations in 2002, the same year that ECAWAR was founded. Back then, ECAWAR organized the largest peace demonstrations in Edmonton's history.
Don t Attack Iraq! Don t Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton on October 25  2014.
Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton on October 25, 2014.
While not achieving anywhere near the numbers of 12 years ago, dozens of passionate peace activists gathered to share their thoughts. The official stance put forward by ECAWAR is the sovereignty and right to self-determination of all nations. As well, the belief that bombing Iraq would only lead to further escalation and the loss of innocent lives. ECAWAR also discussed Syria in a similar context and denounced hate against Muslims.
After the rally portion of the event, participants marched to a busy corner on Whyte Avenue to hand out leaflets to passers-by. ECAWAR has been meeting for regular pickets on this topic for a number of weeks.
Don t Attack Iraq! Don t Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25  2014.
Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25, 2014.
Don t Attack Iraq! Don t Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25  2014.
Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25, 2014.
Don t Attack Iraq! Don t Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25  2014.
Don't Attack Iraq! Don't Attack Syria! Peace rally in Edmonton. October 25, 2014.
Canada's Conservative federal government under the leadership of Prime Minister Stephen Harper approved a six-month military mission in Iraq to attempt to destabilize the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS). The first CF-18 Hornets left Cold Lake on October 21.
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