UNC-Asheville Students for a Democratic Society
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 3, 2009
CONTACT: Katie Sue Cambell – (814) 482-0775, Jeremy Miller – (336) 710-0078
Emergency Demonstration to Protest Escalation of Afghanistan War
On Friday, December 4that 5:30 PM, UNC-Asheville Students for a Democratic Society will hold an emergency demonstration with other students and members of the Asheville community in front of the Federal Building to protest the escalation of the Afghanistan War and to demand an immediate end to the war and occupation. This action is part of a nationally coordinated response to the escalation by Students for a Democratic Society.
Local SDS chair Sarah Buchner said, “We oppose the decision to escalate this failing war. The plan from the White House, to ‘surge’ more than 30,000 additional U.S. and NATO troops to Afghanistan in an attempt to prop up the illegitamate Hamid Karzai puppet government is an injustice, not only to the Afghan people, but to the American people as well. Every dollar spent on bombs and bullets to kill Afghans is money stolen from people here at home. We are in the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, and trillions of dollars are being spent on this war while that money could instead be spent here on people’s needs.”
According to the call to action released by the national SDS antiwar working group, “We categorically reject U.S. wars, occupations, and bombings of the people of Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Iraq. The Afghan people have a right to self-determination, to control their own resources, and take care of their own affairs. It is not the place of the U.S. to bomb Afghanistan into submission and control its destiny. The only way for Afghanistan to be free is for the bombings to halt, and for all U.S. and NATO troops to leave the country immediately. We support the people of Afghanistan in their struggle for liberation and freedom from foreign occupation and domination.”
SDS member Josh Sykes said, “No amount of troops will be enough to stop the Afghan resistance to U.S. imperialism. The Afghan people, throughout their history, have made it clear that they will not allow foreign troops to ride rough-shod over their homeland. They want what everyone wants: self-determination. They will fight until have they have national independence, and nothing less. The sooner the U.S.-NATO forces leave, the better.”
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