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Fresno Peace in Iran Vigil Coordinates with Nationwide Protests
by Peter Maiden
Friday Jan 10th, 2020 1:42 AM
Over 100 people attended a vigil for peace with Iran in Fresno at 5 p.m. on January 9, in one of around three hundred demonstrations around the United States. The protest was coordinated with others by being held at the same time on the same day with the same message: no war with Iran.
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Over 100 people attended a vigil for peace with Iran in Fresno at 5 p.m. on January 9, in one of around three hundred demonstrations around the United States. The protest was coordinated with others by being held at the same time on the same day with the same message: no war with Iran.

The sponsors of Fresno’s vigil were MoveOn.org, Peace Fresno and The Watch. The latter group has a history of protests at the office of Congressman Devin Nunes in Clovis.

The vigil was held on one corner of Blackstone and Nees, across the street from River Park Shopping Center, where it was visible to many passing cars. Cars honked in support of the protest.

Spokesperson Stacy Williams was positive about the demonstrations, and the apparent launch of a movement. She said, “I think the country in general is really getting fed up with endless wars that we have, and peace is starting to be a thing again.

“We haven’t had this peace movement since maybe the seventies [and] I think it’s come back around to where people are starting to say ‘why not peace, why can’t we say peace is an option? Why can’t we say that we want to do everything we can do possibly to bring peace about, besides starting war--why is war our first option?’

“I think the younger people are starting to get in the movement [and are] collaborating with the older generation, so we’re getting some good numbers to finally support peace.”

It has been unusual for television news to come to vigils at Blackstone and Nees. This time two television crews were out and interviewing demonstrators.
§Iranian-American Parvin Malek holds a sign as the protest starts
by Peter Maiden Friday Jan 10th, 2020 1:42 AM
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§Organizer Camille Russell talks with two protesters
by Peter Maiden Friday Jan 10th, 2020 1:42 AM
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§Two protesters connect as a TV crew films in the background
by Peter Maiden Friday Jan 10th, 2020 1:42 AM
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