Updated: Jan 20
The killing of the top military leader of the Iranian security forces in the international sphere, Qasem Soleimani, in the first days of 2020, has prompted activists from all over the world to protest the US move and voice their disapproval of a pending war between Iran and the USA. Only days after the assassination occurred, anti-war protestors were assembling around the US and other parts of the world to protest. Many see this US action as murder and setting a very dangerous precedent in international relations and politics.
The principal organizer of the rallies was the ANSWER Coalition, Act Now to Stop War & End Racism, with dozens of protests around the United States organized and promoted on their web site. In Washington, DC, a large protest was held in with the theme “No New War” in Lafayette Square across the street from the White House. Jane Fonda was the star attraction at this event leading the marchers eventually through downtown Washington to the Trump International Hotel where the rally continued.
According to Fonda, America’s most prominent anti-war activist dating back to the Vietnam era, the anti-war and the environmental movement have the same goals and that they come together with the threat of imminent war with Iran. She declared that all wars since those in her audience have been born – most were young people – have been fought over oil. Hundreds were in attendance at the rally including many Iranians and Iranian-Americans in particular. Clearly, large numbers of protestors are preparing to resist what they see as another pointless war.