Saturday September 7 2013
This was the second Don't Attack Syria Toronto Rally. The first one is documented below.
A couple of hundred people turned out in intermittent rain, more of a nuisance than a hindrance. The rally began shortly after 2 p.m. and went to around 3 p.m. rather than the original 4 p.m.
Due to the elements, the speeches were reduced and speaking times seemed to be cut back. Among them was a U.S. War Resister making the reminder that there were no Weapons of Mass Destruction in Iraq, which was the justification for that war of opportunity.
A vice-president from the Toronto and York Region Labour Council read aloud her organization's unanimous statement against The Killing of Civilians in Syria... to, um, save those Civilians in Syria. This point was re-iterated throughout the afternoon's Rally.
Not as much media attention this weekend, likely because TiFF has vacuumed up much of the news coverage today.
Video of most of the speeches
Photos - Sept 7 2013
Protestors rally at U.S. consulate in Toronto over proposed strikes against Syria - CTV News, Sept 7 2013
Toronto rally protests proposed military strikes in Syria - Metro Toronto, Sept 7 2013
Rally at U.S. consulate protests proposed military strikes against Syria - Global News Toronto, Sept 7 2013
Video: Toronto protesters voice opposition to possible Syria strike - Canadian Press via The Globe and Mail, Sept 7 2013
Saturday August 31 2013
Hundreds turned out in downtown Toronto from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
They heard from anti-war speakers, Syrian Canadians, Labour Organizers, and youth about why they were calling on the U.S. Government and Canadian Government NOT to intervene militarily in the Civil War in Syria:
“We’ve seen in recent days that it’s been a lot more difficult for Obama to mobilize the international community and public opinion to support this war.”
“It’s because Americans and the international public are tired of these wars that have all been based on lies. The memories of the Iraq war are still fresh in their minds.”
“We don’t think the so-called humanitarian interventions are humanitarian at all,”
“Up to 100,000 people have been killed and many more have been displaced in the civil war. Militarizing that conflict or bombing innocent civilians is not going to improve the situation.”
-- James Clark, an organizer with Toronto Coalition to Stop the War, which arranged the protest.
Two Giant Banners helped define the scene. The Canadian Peace Alliance had a wide banner saying "DON'T ATTACK SYRIA":
A second banner belonging to the Toronto Coalition to Stop The War was raised and held in the air by volunteers throughout the rally.
Full Video of the Rally - Saturday August 31 2013
Photos from the Rally
- Call for Don't Attack Syria National Day of Action - Canadian Peace Alliance, August 27 2013
- Don't Attack Syria! Toronto Rally - Facebook Event Page, Toronto Coalition to Stop The War
- http://bambuser.com/v/3871866 - Livestream, now archived. There's another file, but same URL ??
Syria: Hundreds in Toronto protest impending U.S-led war - Toronto Star
Canadian opposition to Syrian intervention | Several rallies were held across Canada on Saturday opposing any intervention by the U.S. in Syria -- CBC News, The National, August 31 2013