Australian anti-Afghan war demonstration, Sydney

This video from the USA is called Minneapolis Afghan War Protest.

From Green Left Weekly in Australia:

Protest: Shoe away the war criminals!

Robert Gates (Bush-Obama defense secretary and former CIA deputy director) and Hillary Clinton (Obama’s secretary of state) will be in Australia for talks with the pro-war Julia Gillard government. Even Gates admits that the US-NATO war and occupation in Afghanistan is not going well. The Revolutionary Assoc[iaton] of Afghan Women has accused Clinton of lying when she says the Western occupation can continue while the women of Afghanistan are saved.

Meanwhile, it has been confirmed that Australia is training militia connected to Uruzgan warlord Matiullah Khan. Perhaps that explains why Afghan president Hamid Karzai praised the PM for working with “warlordy types” when she visited Afghanistan last month.

Send a message to Gates, Clinton and Gillard that the troops have to get out of Afghanistan and Iraq … and bring your spare shoes!

Where: Outside US Consulate, Martin Place.

in Sydney city in Australia

Event date:
Mon, 08/11/2010 – 1:00pm

Pip 0412 139 968

See also here.

Update: report here.

The United States embassy in Canberra, Australia, says:

Secretary participating in town hall event

3 November 2010

Secretary Clinton will answer questions submitted via Facebook and Twitter.

As part of her first visit to Australia as Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton will participate in a town-hall style event in Melbourne on Sunday. Australians are encouraged to submit their questions for the Secretary to the ABC via Facebook, Twitter (with the #hillaryoz hashtag), and video link.

Airing at 6pm on ABC TV and radio on Sunday night, Leigh Sales will host an audience of young Australians, mixing questions from the live audience with those submitted in advance.

You can get all the latest updates for the Secretary’s trip by following us on Twitter or Facebook and keeping an eye on this page.

Will only softball questions to Secretary Clinton be allowed (apparently, contrary to Clinton, Pentagon Secretary Gates will not answer any townhall style questions)? And will critical questions on, eg, the Afghan war, torture, etc. be censored and will people asking critical questions be chucked out by “security” gorillas?

One can not be very optimistic about this, if we look at top-down bogus “townhall” meetings under the previous Bush administration. Or at the administration before that, of Hillary Clinton’s husband Bill, when Ms Albright was Secretary of State.

Any hope I had in the ballot box bringing change in Afghanistan is gone. By Malalai Joya: here.

4 thoughts on “Australian anti-Afghan war demonstration, Sydney

  1. US to spend $511 million to expand Kabul embassy

    Posted: Nov 03, 2010 5:20 PM Updated: Nov 03, 2010 8:00 PM

    Associated Press

    KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – The U.S. government will spend $511 million to expand its embassy in Kabul, the U.S. ambassador said Wednesday, describing the work as a demonstration of America’s long-term commitment to Afghanistan.

    “We make this commitment by commemorating the recent award of a $511 million contract to expand the U.S. Embassy here in Kabul,” Ambassador Karl Eikenberry said during a ceremony at the construction site that marked the formal announcement of the contract.

    “We’re going to get a day when that embassy’s up and there’s not going to be these barriers out there, there’s no barbed wire, there’s not going to be all kinds of obstacles out there,” Eikenberry said.

    Currently the road to the embassy, located in downtown Kabul, is blocked by large concrete barriers and the building is surrounded by armed security guards.

    “This next generation of Afghans growing up, we hope that they come to this embassy, they’re welcome here and this is going to be the new normal for Kabul,” he added.

    Eikenberry’s remarks come amid Afghan concerns that the proposal to begin drawing down U.S. forces by July 2011 could leave Afghanistan alone to fight the Taliban insurgency.

    Many Afghans felt abandoned by the U.S. after 1989, when the Soviet Union withdrew its army from Afghanistan and U.S. support to mujahedeen fighters dried up. The country sank into years of brutal civil war.

    But Eikenberry used his speech to emphasize U.S. commitment to a peaceful Afghanistan, pointing out that the embassy has tripled its civilian staff in the past year. The new facilities will provide offices and living space for many of them.

    The project started earlier this year and currently employs about 500 Afghans. Once construction gets under way, more than 1,500 Afghan workers will be employed, Eikenberry said.

    Over the last two years, the U.S. has signed contracts to expand American diplomatic facilities in Kabul and consulates in Mazar-e Sharif and Herat provinces that total $790 million, he said. The figure includes the embassy expansion, which should be completed by June 2014.

    Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.


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