Detroit Mass Demonstration Against Israeli Aggression
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MECAWI Holds Rally in Detroit
By 7 Action News
August 4, 2006
Friday evening, a large group of protestors marched from the Windsor Tunnel to Grand Circus Park in Detroit to hold a rally against Israeli aggression in Lebanon and Palestine.
The Michigan Emergency Committee Against War and Injustice (MECAWI) organized the protest saying there is no military solution to what is going on between Lebanon and Israel.
Protest organizer Abayomi Azikiwe said, "We’re calling for an immediate cease-fire in regard to the hostilities that are going on right now in Lebanon. We’re opposed to U.S. military assistance in Israel. The F-16, the F-15 fighter planes that are dropping bombs on Lebanon right now are made right here in this country. The weapons, the bombs that are being dropped are made right here in this country and we don’t think this is good for U.S. foreign policy."
They rally was held to demonstrate MECAWI’s solidarity with the people of Palestine and Lebanon.
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Detroit News Underestimates Crowd Size
PANW Editor's Note: The following article was published in the conservative Detroit News which has taken a pro-Israeli stand on the bombing and ground assault against Lebanon. Consequently, it gave the lowest crowd estimate of all other media accounts of the Aug. 4 historic demonstration in downtown Detroit. The protest had far more than 700 people.
Even prior to the beginning of the march down Woodward Avenue, there were over a thousand people who had gathered along the route leading to the Detroit/Windsor Tunnel.
March through Detroit seeks Mideast cease-fire
Hundreds, with several carrying Lebanese flags, call for Bush to lean on Israel to halt onslaught.
John Wisely / The Detroit News
DETROIT -- More than 700 demonstrators marched through downtown Detroit Friday afternoon, demanding President Bush order an immediate cease-fire from Israel in Lebanon.
"One phone call, that's all it would take," said Ahmed Abdulhadi, 26, of Dearborn as he marched north on Woodward Avenue waving a large Lebanese flag. "If Bush calls (Israeli Prime Minister Ehud) Olmert one time, this whole massacre will be over."
The demonstration began about 4:30 p.m. near the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel, traveled west in front of Hart Plaza then north on Woodward to Grand Circus Park. The marchers were accompanied by a police escort and slowed traffic briefly as they moved through the streets.
In addition to Lebanese flags, demonstrators carried placards with photos showing maimed and killed woman and children with slogans such as "Your tax dollars did this." Some of the signs equated Israel and Olmert with the Nazis, and marchers chanted slogans saying the same thing.
"We have to make our voices heard," said Joseph Gaughan, 59, of Hamtramck. "The rest of us have to stand up with these Arab-Americans and particularly these Lebanese-Americans."
For Barri Ayoub, 35, of Dearborn the march was personal. Her 16-year-old daughter, Angela, is in Lebanon and having trouble getting out.
"They can say it's a war against Hezbollah, but it's a war against the Lebanese people," Ayoub said. "We are coming out to help the innocent women and children. What kind of crime did they do to deserve this?"
You can reach John Wisely at (313) 222-2035 or firstname.lastname@example.org.