Anti-War Activists Mark 8th Anniversary Of Iraq War

Updated 03/19/11 – 5:44 p.m.

CHICAGO (CBS) — About 1,000 protesters marched up Michigan Avenue on Saturday, from Congress Parkway to the Water Tower, to mark the eighth anniversary of the Iraq war.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Bob Roberts reports, the demonstration and rallies, at either end of the route, remained peaceful.

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Speakers and other protesters said they are tired of the mounting death tolls in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the costs of the conflicts. They also voiced support for pro-democracy demonstrators in Libya and elsewhere and for union activists in Wisconsin, Indiana and Ohio.

As CBS 2’s Mike Puccinelli reports, protester Ronald Schupp said he doesn’t believe the U.S. military should get involved in the ongoing rebellion in Libya.

“We’re already involved in wars that have been going on for 8 and 9 years. Enough is enough. It’s time to pull all troops out. Our economy can’t handle more wars,” Schupp said.

But to Libyan American Ahmed Aduib, it’s not about dollars and cents but about saving tens of thousands of people from certain death.

“If the U.N. and U.S. didn’t get involved, it would be a complete massacre,” Aduib said. “He is going to massacre our people, but the people stand strong and that’s what my message is.”

One of the organizers at Saturday’s rally on Michigan Avenue said he believes U.S. intervention in Libya “will make it worse.”

Andy Thayer, of the Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism, said “It will give Qaddafi a credibility he doesn’t deserve,” adding that U.S. intervention would allow Qaddafi to say he’s standing up to American imperialism.

Although some of the same people organized this latest protest, it was far smaller than the demonstrations that marked the beginning of the war eight years ago Sunday, in which demonstrators tied up Lake Shore Drive and blocked other downtown streets during the afternoon rush and police made hundreds of arrests.

Thayer said the anti-war movement in Chicago is in a “rebuilding” mode, but said he sees a growing number of people who find the foreign policies of the Obama Administration little better, or even worse, than the administration of George W. Bush.

Joleen Kirschenman of the Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism said a number of the demonstrators also were celebrating the ruling Friday of a federal judge, who found that police wrongly arrested the protesters in 2003. U.S. District Judge Richard Posner wrote in his ruling that police acted that day “without justification.”

(The Sun-Times Media Wire contributed to this report.)

  • mike

    If RICH KIDS were getting drafted (like during Vietnam) you’d see 20 times the amount of people protesting.

    • Awakened Patriot


  • Zarathrusta

    Hope and change.

  • LOTD

    Regardless of your feelings about the war, each and every serviceman or woman over there is a hero, PERIOD! IMO, the entire area should be glowing, green glass, no need for boots on the ground then.

  • Awakened Patriot

    “Andy Thayer, of the Chicago Coalition Against War and Racism, said “It will give Qaddafi a credibility he doesn’t deserve,” adding that U.S. intervention would allow Qaddafi to say he’s standing up to American imperialism.”

    If Thayer’s hero Obama would have been DECISIVE instead of golfing humdreds of Libyans would still be alive. And remember it was Louis Farrakahn who brokered the deal with Qaddafi and the El Rukns to commit terrorist acts in Chicago in the mid-1980’s. ANOTHER USEFUL IDIOT OF THE LEFT. ( a name provided by Lenin himself)

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  • swizzle

    @awakened patriot, lmao, the word is ‘hundreds’, and you seem to forget that qaddafi was a pal of Bush and the Republicans.
    You’re not ‘awakened’ you seem to be posting in your sleep, that or you’re an very stupid individual whos ignorance of the world around him and the English language is laugable.
    Lets not forget that it was the GOP that said both the Egyptian and Lybian dictators were our ‘friends’ and that we needed to support them.
    Why do Republicans love dictators so much?

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