Sunday, March 16, 2008

Rallies held across Canada to protest Afghan mission

Protesting the Afghanistan Mission (SEE VIDEO)

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Students protest the recently extended Canadian mission in Afghanistan.

The sounds of frustration, anger and protest filled the capital on Saturday as several protesters rallied behind their respective causes.

The largest protest was held by students, mostly from the University of Ottawa, marching against the extended mission in Afghanistan.

Friday's repatriation ceremony in Trenton, held for the death of Canada's 80th soldier killed in Afghanistan, and Saturday's funeral for the 79th only increased the students' passion for their cause.

Ottawa's anti-war protest was just one of twenty held nation-wide.

The march wasn't the only protest in Ottawa. There was a Falun Gong demonstration outside the Chinese Embassy. Another group rallied against Scientology.

Rallies held across Canada to protest Afghan mission

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Thousands of protesters rallied in cities across Canada on Saturday to demonstrate against Canada's military role in Afghanistan.

The demonstrations held in 20 communities, including Toronto, Ottawa, Halifax and Montreal, followed this week's vote in the House of Commons to extend the mission by two years to the end of 2011.

Calgary residents opposed to Canada's military role in Afghanistan protested on Saturday. Similar demonstrations were held across the country.
(Bill Graveland/Canadian Press)

The extension is contingent upon NATO providing 1,000 additional soldiers to assist Canadian forces in Kandahar province.

Many of the protesters said they were participating to voice their belief that Canada should be a peacekeeping nation and not take part in active combat.

The protests coincided with rallies around the world to mark the upcoming five-year anniversary of the war in Iraq and demand an end to the continued U.S. military presence in Iraq and Afghanistan.

In Toronto, more than 1,000 people gathered under sunny skies outside the provincial legislature.

Meanwhile in Montreal, hundreds of protesters waved flags and sang as they marched through the city's downtown core. The mass of people stretched for several city blocks.

"I'm here because I'd like our government to divert all that spending and all those brains to find peaceful solutions. Young men and women are getting killed. Innocent people in Afghanistan are getting killed," said Maureen Adelman, 74, who held a placard that read "No war, no way, no where."

Federal New Democrat Leader Jack Layton told reporters in Toronto that Canada is better suited to be engaging in a peacekeeping mission under the United Nations, rather than fighting under NATO.

Since 2002, 80 Canadian soldiers and one diplomat have been killed in Afghanistan.