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Tens of thousands march in US cities. Antiwar protest organizers promote Democratic Party
by wsws (reposted)
Monday Oct 29th, 2007 7:47 AM
Monday, October 29, 2007 :Tens of thousands marched in cities throughout the US Saturday to demand an end to the war in Iraq and oppose the growing threat of a new eruption of American militarism against Iran. The largest of these protests took place in San Francisco, New York City and Chicago. Demonstrations were also held in Boston, Los Angeles, Philadelphia and Seattle as well as in dozens of smaller cities and towns across the country.
While many workers, students and others participated in these protests, some taking to the streets for the first time, it was obvious that the events drew a significantly reduced turnout compared to previous nationwide protests.

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In New York City, demonstrators assembled in Union Square for the march downtown to Foley Square under a steady rain. But more than the weather was involved in making this the smallest major antiwar demonstration held in the city since before the war began four-and-a-half years ago.

Fundamentally, the problem posed by these protests is the bankrupt political perspective of their organizers, which is oriented entirely towards influencing and pressuring the Democrats in Congress to take action to end the war.

With the approach of the first anniversary of the 2006 midterm elections that handed the Democrats the leadership of both the House of Representatives and the Senate, it has become readily apparent that this party is not only unwilling to do anything to put an end to the wars and occupations in Iraq and Afghanistan, but is complicit in the preparations for yet another war, in Iran.

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