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Belarus citizens(in Times Sq)say Stop Putin’s Russian Invasion NOW

Seems like every week a protest in support of Ukraine fills Duffy Square. So many I haven’t kept up. This one, however, caught my eye because it was Belarus vs Putin. But, I was confused, cause wasn’t Belarus siding with Putin? So WHO exactly was protesting on Sept 24, 2022 in Duffy Sq – NYC.

Belarussians Protest in Times Square, Putin’s Invasions.

But, I needed some info on “the Republic of Belarus :

“... a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, bordered by Russia to the east and northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. (…)[Wiki]

…” The European Union, Canada, the United Kingdom and the United States have all imposed sanctions against Belarus because of their rigged 2020 election and political oppression during the ongoing protests in the country. Further sanctions were imposed in 2022 following the country’s role in the invasion of Ukraine.” [Wiki]

What I didn’t see were signs addressing their fears of war to include Belarussian President Alexander Lukashenko. Why only to his mentor and comrade, Vladimir Putin? The Belarusian Enlightenment League of America (BELA) wants a no aggression pact, but the whole Russia,  Ukraine, Belarus terrain is riddled  with complications. But, clearly these protetors did not want WAR with Russia OR Ukraine.

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UPDATE (3 weeks later) re the Lukashenko, Putin drama:

With Putin under pressure, Belarus edges closer to joining war in Ukraine [Reuters]

LONDON, Oct 12 (Reuters) – “A flurry of military activity in Belarus this week has caught the attention of Ukraine and the West as a potential sign that President Alexander Lukashenko may commit his army in support of Russia’s flailing war effort in Ukraine.

Lukashenko has ordered troops to deploy with Russian forces near the Ukraine border, and his defence ministry says “combat readiness” drills are under way. On Tuesday, the interior ministry held exercises to eliminate “sabotage groups” near Yelsk, only 20 km (12 miles) from the border with Ukraine.

France warned Belarus it could face more Western sanctions if it deepened its involvement in Ukraine.

Belarus allowed itself to be used as a launchpad for Russia’s Feb. 24 invasion of Ukraine but has not joined the fighting directly.

Since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, global powers have picked sides and they have been pushing to isolate Russia. One nation that has stood unconditionally with Russia is its trusted ally Belarus. Russian President Vladimir Putin has constantly had Belarusian president Lukashenko‘s support even before the start of the Russian offensive. [WION you tube]

Oct 15, 2022 – Belarus Wavers as Putin Presses It to Join Ukraine War

“The country’s strongman, Aleksandr Lukashenko, finds himself in a bind. He survives with support from Russia, but entering the fight could be “political suicide.” [NY Times] “…two years ago after a fraud-tainted election, the Eastern European nation’s strongman leader, Aleksandr G. Lukashenko, was propped up by the Kremlin, which sent security officers and money to support him. Today, eight months after Russia invaded Ukraine, Mr. Lukashenko’s Russian-enabled grip on power risks slipping as Moscow pressures him to get more involved in the faltering military campaign next door in Ukraine.

Sadly, these protests do not seem to affect an end to war. Not with Putin in charge. Or, perhaps I just don’t have enough info.

[Where indicated, pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall-VSB]

NYC War Resisters in Times Sq on 19th Anniv U.S. Invasion of Iraq

Sat, March 19, 2022, Times Square
Leftist War Resisters observed
19th Anniversary U.S. Invasion of Iraq

March 19, 2022 , found familiar anti-war Commies gathering in front of the Times Square Recruitment Station, demanding an end to the IRAQ war; to all wars.  The U.S.War machine must end.

Attacking and invading a country is a crime.

The War Resisters League affirms that all war is a crime against humanity.  We are determined not to support any kind of war, international or civil, and to strive nonviolently for the removal of all causes of war, including racism, sexism and all forms of exploitation.

At first,  Grannies For Peace serenaded passersby, briefly, followed by Debra Sweet of World Can’t Wait … obsessing on Iraq and the Bush Regime with a perfunctory acknowledgement of Ukraine; what mattered to her was U.S. war crimes in IRAQ.

War with Iraq: No WMD; not a part of the WTC. It was based on a lie. Unjust. The Bush regime began it. it was a War Crime. Immoral. 45 million people displaced by this war of aggression by the U. S. Creating a huge  refugee crisis across Europe and the Middle East; by the U.S. invasion and occupation.  It is our responsibility to do everything we can to  STOP U.S. War. Re Ukraine: every decent person should get off the band wagon to use more violence in Ukraine. Possible repercussions are enormous. NO U.S. intervention. NO NATO intervention.As for Iraq. After 20 years there must be many stories from people in Iraq/Syria who were affected by this war.”

VIDEO:

It was a Vigil, a March, a Demonstration protesting the 19th anniversary of the “unending U.S. war in Iraq” that has caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands civilians and combatants, and cost more than $2 trillion. But also warning not to support WAR in Ukraine.

The “End the 19-year-old U.S. War in Iraq, Ban Killer Drones” protest was sponsored by NYC War Resisters League, the World Can’t Wait  as well as  Catholic Worker, Kairos Community, Pax Christi New York State, Brooklyn For Peace, Veterans For Peace/NYC Chapter 34, New York City Raging Grannies, Granny Peace Brigade NYC, Peace Action New York State, Peace Action Manhattan, Pax Christi Metro New York, CodePink NYC. (Facebk LINK]

Flickr slideshow They stressed that as citizens of these United States, we should Resist All War.

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Found this comment re the protest from Face Book:
On yesterday’s 19th anniversary of the endless U.S. war in Iraq …the war in Ukraine grimly highlights the United States doesn’t have a monopoly on raining terror down upon civilians, but does make clear the hypocrisy of media’s wall-to-wall coverage of Russia’s war while downplaying or even not covering similar horrors in Iraq and other Middle East countries perpetrated by the United States for the past two decades.Ed Hedemann
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NEXT on their agenda- Monday, April 18th, 2022
TAX DAY :
DIVEST YOUR TAXES FROM WAR
Noon – 1:30 pm

We will protest at the IRS, calling for refusal to pay war taxes, and on Wall Street — starting at one location then marching to the other in order to make connections between U.S. tax dollars and war contractors who rake in profits as a result of arms sales and the constant promotion of war.

How to Refuse to Pay Taxes for War. (Introductory Workshop)

TOPICS INCLUDE which taxes go to war; how to resist; risks, joys, and consequences of resistance; federal budget basics; resources and support; plenty of time for Q & A.

“Let them march all they want, just so long as they continue to pay their taxes.”
—Alexander Haig, U.S. Secretary of State, responding to the 1982 March for Nuclear Disarmament

The American Communist orgs never rest.
Neither should we.

[Where indicated, pictures and videos property of Pamela Hall-VSB]