TORONTO, Sept. 12 /CNW/ - On Saturday, September 13, 2008, actions in
towns and cities across Canada will call on the Harper government to respect
the will of Parliament and the majority of Canadians and let US Iraq war
resisters stay in Canada.
On June 3, 2008, the House of Commons passed a motion in support of US
Iraq war resisters. The motion called on the government to stop any
deportation proceedings against soldiers who refuse to fight in wars not
sanctioned by the UN. Ignoring this, the Harper government deported Robin Long
on July 15 to the United States. There Long was court martialed and sentenced
to 15 months in prison, as well as a dishonourable discharge (equivalent to a
felony) for opposing the Iraq war, coming to Canada, and speaking out publicly
against the war.
The Harper government now intends to deport Jeremy Hinzman, the first
Iraq war resister to come to Canada, and his wife Nga Nguyen and their two
young children on September 23. Eight other Iraq war resisters also face
imminent threat of deportation.
"Harper has defied the will of Parliament and of Canadians. An Angus Reid
poll released on June 27 found that 64 per cent of Canadians support allowing
the war resisters to stay. Many polls have shown that Canadians oppose the
Iraq war. They want our government to stop these deportations," says Lee
Zaslofsky, co-ordinator of the War Resisters Support Campaign.
Actions confirmed to take place so far:
British Columbia: Nelson
New Brunswick: Fredericton
Nova Scotia: Halifax
Newfoundland and Labrador: St. John's
Details and local contacts for actions at these towns and cities are
available on the War Resisters Support Campaign website: www.resisters.ca.
For further information:
For further information: Michelle Robidoux, organizer for the War
Resisters Support Campaign, (416) 856-5008