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June 11, 2008, 5pm
Piazza della Repubblica

On June 11, Bush will arrive in Rome. And we'll be there, along with Italian activists and our international friends, to denounce his countless crimes, from the destruction of the countries of Iraq and Afghanistan, to torture and illegal detention, to his intelligence fixing and threats of attacks against Iran.

We'll be making a symbolic citizen's arrest of Bush, Cheney and Rice and will lead them in chains, trailed by the interminable list of their war crimes and crimes against humanity.

Join us at the protest march, June 11, starting at 5pm from Piazza della Repubblica (near the Termini train station). Meet in front of the church Santa Maria degli Angeli; look for our U.S. peace flag.

March for the over 1,000,000 Iraqi civilians who have been killed and the over 4,000,000 who have been driven from their homes.

March for the over 200 people still being detained in Guantánamo, and the 27,000 being detained in secret prisons and in floating prisons who are being tortured and held without charge.

March for the people of the Czech Republic opposing their country's involvement in the US Missile Defense System and a new arms race.

March with us on June 11! Make your voices heard! Speak for those who have been silenced!

Say NO to war! Say NO to Bush!

See below a translation of the appeal by Italian groups. (versione italiana)

We'll also have some out of town guests with us! Musicians/activists Mat Callahan and Yvonne Moore will be coming down from Switzerland to join us and to play at the end of the march. Mat protested against the war in Vietnam and sent a letter to the draft board saying he would refuse to serve.

And Joan of CodePink and her husband, who were just in Rome, have re-routed their trip to come back to Rome to march with us!

Let your friends in Paris and London know about demonstrations in these cities, as protests follow Bush on his European Farewell Tour.
Paris, June 13 - Americans Against War
London, June 15 - Stop the War

See you on June 11 in Rome!

Appeal by the Patto permanente contro la guerra


ROME, June 11, 2008, 5 pm


On June 11th Bush will be in Rome again to discuss with the Berlusconi government his staunch ally the greatest involvement of Italy in U.S. war strategies.

Bush wants to take advantage of the newly elected Italian Parliament, now entirely pro U.S. in order to close the deal on the new U.S. military base in Vicenza, to obtain an increase in Italian troop levels in Afghanistan as well as new rules of engagement, to involve Italy in military escalation against Iran and the Middle East, to finalize contracts for Italian cooperation in the U.S. Missile Defense System and the construction of the F-35 fighter jet.

The U.S. is determined to resolve their own economic recession through the use of increasingly aggressive military force in order to expand their sphere of influence on the world markets, which is currently in decline, and place more of the economical, social and military burden on allied countries, while increasing their role politically and militarily in the Middle East and Latin America.

On this disturbing agenda of war, Bush will find full cooperation on the part of the Berlusconi government, and will seek to further intensify Italy's role in war, which had already been outlined by the previous Prodi government as that of the fourth Western colonial and imperialist power in terms of presence of troops on foreign soil. We must contest this agenda with a mobilization against war, a mobilization that includes no support for or involvement with any government or political party that has been complicit in the global war.

The Patto permanente contro la guerra is launching an appeal for a mass mobilization. We refuse to see our country continue to be complicit in military escalation and roll out the welcome mat for the man who more than anyone in recent years has embodied global war, torture and the suspension of human rights worldwide.

On June 11th in Rome we will march against Bush, reaffirming our objectives:

  • Immediate withdrawal of Italian troops from Afghanistan, Lebanon and the Balkans;
  • Reversal of the decision to build a new U.S. military base in Vicenza and closure and reconversion to civilian use of US/NATO military bases in Italy;
  • Revocation of Italy's participation in the U.S. Missile Defense System and the construction of the F-35 fighter jet, revocation of the military cooperation agreement between Italy and Israel;
  • Cuts in military spending in favor of social needs.

Patto permanente contro la guerra

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