This is a video from Australia about pro peace protests against the visit by United States vice president Dick Cheney.
By Margarita Windisch & Pip Hinman in Australia:
Unions call for troops to leave Afghanistan
3 May 2008
The death of the fifth Australian solider in Afghanistan on April 27, followed a few days later by the wounding of another, has refocused attention on Australia’s involvement in the US-led occupation.
Defence minister Joel Fitzgibbon, in a fleeting visit to troops stationed in Oruzgan [Uruzgan] Province, in south-central Afghanistan on April 29, told the troops to “keep well”.
But several union leaders have called for the troops to be brought home. Tim Gooden, Geelong Regional Trades and Labor Council secretary, said on April 29 that while the soldier’s death is sad, the Rudd government’s response is “tragic”.
“The news that Lance Corporal Jason Marks has been killed in Afghanistan is sad but Canberra’s response is tragic as it means the troops will be there for the long haul. That means more troops will be sent to their deaths in an unwinnable and unjust war of occupation.”