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(en) Canada, April 23 - Montreal - Snake March against the

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Date Wed, 23 Apr 2003 08:14:18 +0200 (CEST)

occupation of Iraq
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SNAKE MARCH in support of a DIRECT ACTION targeting Montreal's corporate
and military war mongers who make millions from bloodshed in Iraq and
stand to profit more from a threatened attack on Syria.

Wednesday, April 23rd
Departure at 3:30 p.m. sharp
Convergence @ Carré St. Louis, Metro Sherbrooke



Outposts of the US empire, the world's top weaponry manufacturers,
Canadian and transnational corporations and army units are just some of
the pillars of the military industrial complex scattered through the
streets of Montreal. As the corporate and military powers driving the war
machine secure their imperialist occupation of Iraq and prepare for the
next phase of their so-called "War on Terror" in Syria, we must challenge
the local bases of the empire. A massive media campaign has not concealed
Canada's active participation in the conquest of Iraq.

On April 23rd, we will take the streets of Montreal and confront the
capitalist and imperialist powers who fuel the war and profit from the
suffering of the Iraqi people!


* Securing the Empire at home and abroad *

While the death toll in Iraq reaches the thousands, a combined strategy of
overseas war and imperialist expansion, crackdowns on dissidents,
escalating racism and tightening border controls moves to further secure
Fortress North America and strengthen its enshrined elites. The invasion
of Iraq is clearly part of a scheme to place a stranglehold on a region of
strategic interest under the guise of "global security" and "liberating"
the Iraqi people - framed by a massive propaganda campaign. But the facade
is only paper-thin: across the globe, millions have gathered to expose,
denounce, resist and act against the Empire and its war machine.

The military industrial complex is now in full swing. Weaponry
manufacturers and other military corporations - who are enjoying
unprecedented profits fuelled by escalating immigration and defence
budgets - have seen their shares skyrocket since the conquest of Bagdad.
Transnational corporations sit ready to pounce on the oil fields of Iraq,
while the US government is preparing to freely distribute positions of
political power to its western friends and allies within its
newly-conquered regime. The distribution of lucrative reconstruction
contracts totalling $1.8 billion to US corporations began as troops
pillaged their way through Iraq. Halliburton, a Texas company headed by
the infamous Dick Cheney from 1995 to 2000, has already been awarded a
Pentagon contract to put-out oil fires and is refining its bids for a
stake in the future of Iraq. For the first time in history, the
reconstruction of a post-war nation was planned well before military
incursions had even begun.

We refuse to sacrifice any more lives for the expansion of the empire, the
enrichment of its elites, the ruling classes and the global capitalist
hegemony! We stand against an attack on Syria!

The time to take action is now!!


Organized by Block the Empire Montreal
bloquezlempiremontreal@resist.ca / www.resist.ca/~bloquezlempiremontreal

Endorsed by :
* The Anti-Capitalist Convergence (CLAC) clac@tao.ca / tao.ca/~clac
* Bête Noire, Montreal's collective of the North Eastern Federation of
Anarcho-Communists (NEFAC) http://nefac.northernhacking.org/ /

** Background info on BTEM **

Block the Empire Montreal is a campaign of radical resistance and direct
action against the war, the invasion of Iraq and the military industrial
complex. Our resistance is linked to the underlying processes and
structures of capitalism, patriarchy, imperialism, colonialism and racism,
all of which create the conditions and impulsions for the current
predations of the Bush regime and its allies. Our actions aim to affect
and disrupt the interests of those pursuing the invasions, be they the
corporations who fuel and profit from the war, the local outposts of the
American empire or the complicit Canadian institutions.

While organising with a diversity of tactics in solidarity with the
anti-war movement, Block the Empire works to educate through creative
resistances and direct actions targeting the war machine. The collective
organises on a basis of decentralisation, non-hierarchical and
anti-oppressive organising, autonomy (internally and as the basis for
alliances), and creating alliances with existing initiatives. Block the
Empire organizes under the People's Global Action principles

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