Protests planned in 20 cities against the war in Afghanistan this
TORONTO, March 14 /CNW/ - The Canadian Peace Alliance will hold a press
conference on Friday, March 14 at 10:30AM at Trinity-St. Paul's United Church,
427 Bloor Street West in downtown Toronto.
Afghan Canadians, peace activists and Members of Parliament will respond
to the House of Commons vote that extended Canada's mission in Afghanistan by
another three years, and will call on Canadians to join nation-wide protests
scheduled for March 15.
"The capitulation of the Liberals is not unexpected, but is still very
disappointing," said Sid Lacombe, National Coordinator of the Canadian Peace
Alliance. "The Tory-Liberal alliance will result in 1,388 more days of war in
Afghanistan, something that the majority of Canadians clearly oppose."
Thousands of postcards and petitions have been sent to the Conservatives
and Liberals from Canadians opposed to an extension past 2009, but the vote by
the two parties ignores majority public opinion. Only 18 per cent of Canadians
support the extension.
What: Press conference
When: Friday, March 14, 2008 at 10:30AM
Where: Trinity-St. Paul's United Church, 427 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Abdul Rahman Karim: Afghan Canadian and journalist
Peggy Nash: Member of Parliament, Parkdale - High Park (NDP)
Mohamed Boudjenane: Executive Director, Canadian Arab Federation
Cathy Crowe: Housing Not War Campaign
Stuart Deans: Toronto Area Coordinator, United Steelworkers
Sid Lacombe: National Coordinator, Canadian Peace Alliance
For further information:
For further information: Sid Lacombe: National Coordinator, Canadian
Peace Alliance, Phone: (416) 588-5555 (office), or (416) 333-7567 (cell)