On Saturday 11 January, there will be a demonstration in Amsterdam, the Netherlands, against the danger of war on Iran by United States President Donald Trump.
There will be speeches by Sadet Karabulut (MP of the Socialist Party), Femke Roosma (Green Left party), the Amsterdam peace committee and Stop the Arms Trade.
The organisers write (translated):
Due to the US American attack on General Soleimani of Iran, the tensions between the US and Iran are increasing and a war is threatening that would have consequences for the entire world.
The US wants to expel the Iranian regime and determine who has access to oil and other resources in the Middle East.
Since the US American invasion of Iraq (2003), many wars have been waged in the Middle East, resulting in great human suffering. But democracy, security and stability are not brought with bombs.
The current crisis began with the cancellation by the US of the international atomic agreement with Iran – an agreement which Iran observed, according to observers.
The people in Iraq and Iran have been protesting for months against their authoritarian leaders. Again, war machines deprive them of the opportunity to build up demonstrations.
The Netherlands supplies weapons for these wars. The Reaper drone with which the attack on the Iranian general was committed is partly produced by Fokker in the Netherlands. The Netherlands wants to send the warship De Ruyter to a European military mission in the Persian Gulf. The ship has not yet departed. The Amsterdam Peace Initiative and Stop the Arms Trade call on the Dutch government to refrain from participating in this mission.
The risk that we are unintentionally drawn into a war that Europe does not want is huge. The Netherlands must take diplomatic steps and not deploy military means.
The Amsterdam Peace Initiative and Stop Arms Trade once again point to the role of letterbox companies established in Amsterdam, which allow international arms producers to evade taxes. These include the arms corporations Lockheed Martin, United Technologies and Boeing; their stock prices shot up immediately after the attack. We call on the Amsterdam city council to initiate the initiative council proposal. The Amsterdam Peace Initiative and Stop Arms Trade once again point to the role of letterbox companies established in Amsterdam, which allow international weapon producers to evade taxes here. These include the arms companies Lockheed Martin, United Technologies and Boeing; their stock prices shot up immediately after the attack. We call on the municipality of Amsterdam to urgently implement the council initiative proposal for tackling letterbox constructions.
Peace activists from Zaanstad are going on 11 January.
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US, Canada blame [Boeing] plane crash on Iran as causes remain unclear: here.
The German government is preparing to support a possible US war against Iran. Foreign Minister Heiko Maas (SPD—Social Democratic Party) and Defence Minister Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer (CDU—Christian Democratic Union) made this clear once again on Wednesday. Having previously defended the US assassination of Iran’s leading general Qassim Suleimani—an illegal act of state terrorism—they condemned the Iranian retaliatory strike against US targets in Iraq: here.