Dallas protesters condemn war, racism

Oct. 9, 2001 at 7:53 PM
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DALLAS, Oct. 9 (UPI) -- A coalition of North Texas religious, community activist and peace groups protested war and anti-Arab sentiment Tuesday at the Kennedy Memorial in Dallas.

About 40 protesters representing 14 different groups demonstrated against the military action in Afghanistan, calling for a legal rather than military answer to the Sept. 11 terrorist acts.

"In the wake of the recent retaliatory strikes by the United States, we strengthen our resolve for peace through justice, not war," said Hadi Jawad of the Dallas Peace Center. "We grieve with others and condemn the Sept. 11 acts of terror, but if the cycle of violence doesn't stop it will only escalate."

The protesters, chanting "No more war" and carrying anti-war placards, also called for an end to discrimination against Muslims and Arab-Americans.

"We must extend friendship and support to these communities and show that we all stand together as caring humans," said Ann Harkness of Uproar.

The coalition called for non-violent measures to bring a lasting peace in the Middle East through foreign policy.

The rally was peaceful although a few passers-by heckled the protesters.

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