A parliamentary debate on Afghanistan began on Tuesday October 19.
That evening a ‘speak out’ was held from in King George Square to support those politicians in federal parliament arguing to withdraw troops from Afghanistan.
Speakers representing Aboriginal people, the Greens, Just Peace, StandFast, and Socialist groups demanded a withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and a real end to the Iraq war.
The Enoggera Peace group brought banner and placards.
There will be a meeting soon to continue the momentum started by this action. Details will be posted on Workers BushTelegraph soon.
Over a 100 people stopped on their way home from work to listen to some of the speeches, some standing for the entire period of two hours.
Hamish Chitts from StandFast said:
Excellent speakout in Brisbane this evening against the war in Afghanistan, first time since before Rudd was elected that all the anti-war and peace groups came together in Brisbane. Great response from mall-goers too. Strong signs for a re-invigorated movement against this war. Look out warmongers we’re fighting back!
The US led coalition in Afghanistan has killed tens of thousands of civilians and left infrastructure in ruins.
Each month the US government spends $6 billion on its military occupation.
The Karzai government’s annual budget is a mere $1 billion. The capital Kabul does not have a sewerage system.
Australian and US troops are not there to help the people of Afghanistan.
The troops should be withdrawn immediately to stop more people dying in this pointless and horrific war.
Contact Adrian on 0428180095
or Hamish 0401586923
A special thanks to Owain for the photos.