Chicagoans mark war anniversary with protest

March 14, 2009 (CHICAGO) Organizers expected more than 70 peace groups to take part in support of an end to the violence in the Middle East. The protestors also opposed sending more U.S. troops to Afghanistan, and they said they did not support President Obama's plan to bring an end to the war in Iraq.

"Actually, he didn't promise to end anything," protestor Ken Richardson said. "What he's promising is having a residual force of 50,000 troops in Iraq. And just imagine if you lived in a country there are 50,000 there. It's actually a military occupation."

"We believe that too many deaths have occurred, and the war has gone on too long. There is no purpose for it to go on any longer and for everything that's going on in Palestine," said Awad Hamdam, also a protestor.

After the rally, the protestors marched through the Pilsen community.

In addition to the wars overseas, many participants said Saturday that the U.S. government needed to end what they called a 'war' on immigrants in the United States.

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