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Iraq protests on Tuesday

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*** WELLINGTON ***

Stop killing the people of Iraq!

On Tuesday, 16 January, you are invited to join the ‘Sanctions Kill Children’, vigil and action against the 10 years of sanctions against the people of Iraq. At 12 noon - gather and silent vigil; 12-15pm - speakers on the effect of the sanctions and depleted uranium; followed by open mike and a delegation to the US embassy, outside the US Embassy, 29 Fitzherbert Tce, Thorndon, Wellington. Organised by Christchurch Catholic Worker, contact Greg Jones or Moana Cole tel (03) 386 1065 - or c/o PMA after midday on Monday 15 January.

***CHRISTCHURCH ***

Lift the Sanctions on Iraq

On Tuesday, 16 January, you are invited to join the Non-violent Forum at Cathedral Square against the economic sanctions on Iraq. From 12 noon to 1pm, in Cathedral Square, contact details Saad Al-Harran, tel (03) 383 1483.

*** WHY ARE WE PROTESTING ON TUESDAY ?

Tuesday 16 January is the 10th anniversary of the start of the Gulf War, and marks the tenth year of the bombing, starving and denial of medical supplies to the people of Iraq by (primarily) the US and British governments. More than 4,500 Iraqi children die each month because of the economic sanctions; more than 1 million people have died in Iraq since 1991.

While the European governments express their concerns about their soldiers who have been exposed to US and British depleted uranium ammunition, they appear to have no concern about the people, particularly in Southern Iraq, who have been exposed to toxic DU shells from the Gulf War for the past ten years. This exposure has resulted in massive increases in the incidence of leukaemia and other cancers. More than 900,000 DU shells were fired during the Gulf War.

If you would like more information about the current situation in Iraq, please contact PMA

Peace Movement Aotearoa the national networking peace group PO Box 9314, Wellington, Aotearoa / New Zealand. tel +64 4 382 8129, fax 382 8173, website Internet Peace Gateway


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