Skip to comments.Peace Coalition draws the line on U.S.-led attack against Iraq
Posted on 03/19/2003 8:38:27 AM PST by ResistorSister
CANTON The face of war was symbolically drawn on Stark County concrete Monday night three hours after President Bush gave Iraqi President Saddam Hussein a 48-hour deadline to leave the country or come under attack.
Colored chalk outlines of bodies, similar to those at police scenes, appeared on sidewalks and parking lots in Canton, at Canton Centre and Westfield Shoppingtown Belden Village malls, the Strip, libraries, The Repository, hotels and other places where people will see them the first thing in the morning.
Fifteen members of the Stark County Peace Coalition created the symbolic drawings in protest of the looming war with Iraq, said Jeff Seemann, president of the group.
We mean no harm to the businesses we drew in front of; we just want people to see the casualties this (war) will bring, he said. We hope that what we did Monday night can help shed some light on the fact that innocent people will die because of this.
In the rush for war, the public seems to forget what is going to happen with this war, he said. Were used to seeing long-distance images of explosions, but we rarely get to see the images of the aftermath of those explosions.
A group member drew an outline around another member lying on the ground, then wrote statements identifying the symbolic bodies:
Innocent Iraqi baby
Innocent Iraqi father
Innocent American soldier
Innocent Iraqi mother
Before grabbing chalk and hitting the streets, the group gathered to watch President George W. Bushs address to Americans at 8 p.m.
We had planned the protest early in the day, but the speech fired us up, Seemann said. We were very disappointed.
Were hitting the Starbucks stores in Belden Village and the Strip and Paneras, where people will be going to get their coffee in the morning, the main branch and North Branch of the Stark County District Library, the Marriott hotel downtown, Central Catholic and several other high schools, he said.
We completely disagree, but we understand why Bush and his administration want to go to war, he said. They dont seem to understand why we want peace.
The group was formed a month and two days ago, Seemann said.
Our first rally was on the square on Feb. 15, and weve had three other rallies. This is our fourth action, he said.
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