Veterans for Peace rallies against Iranian general’s assasination

By Kendra Caruso | Jan 07, 2020
Courtesy of: Trudy Miller People gather on the corner of High and Main streets Jan. 4 to rally against President Donald Trump's decision to assassinate Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani.

Belfast — On Saturday and Sunday, Veterans for Peace held a rally opposing the assassination of Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani. Its members called upon the U.S. government to end acts of war against Iran.

On what they referred to as "resistance corner," the intersection of Main and High streets, 40 people gathered for the Jan. 4 event and 15 people rallied Jan. 5, according to Veterans for Peace Jim Harney Chapter 003 Secretary Dana Williams.

Williams said the assassination was an attempt by President Donald Trump to aggressively escalate tensions in the region. He called the 40-person crowd large for Belfast and thinks it was indicative of the dismay residents felt when they learned about the attack.

“For this small city, that turnout (40 people) is very large, and it speaks to the collective horror that people are experiencing as they watch our seemingly off-the-rails leadership create an international disaster,” Williams wrote in an email.

The group was developed in Maine and is made up of veterans and non-veteran allies who believe in nonviolent solutions to international problems. The group was to hold another rally in Bangor Jan. 7 near the offices of Republican Sen. Susan Collins, independent Sen. Angus King, and Democratic Rep. Jared Golden.

 

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