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Large "No War on Yemen" Car Caravan and Rallies in San Francisco

by R.R.
Joining in a worldwide week of action, on January 25 activists in San Francisco demonstrated for an immediate halt to the U.S.-backed Saudi coalition's attack on Yemen.
[Photos: Terry Scussel, Pro Bono Photo. Please credit the photographer.]

On January 25, demonstrators in San Francisco held an action that included rallies at BlackRock corporation and the Federal Building. There was, in addition, a caravan of close to 100 banner festooned cars that wound their way through the city, honking to draw attention to the issue and with shouts of “No War on Yemen” through bullhorns.

Cynthia Papermaster of CodePink spoke at BlackRock which was chosen as a site for protest because it promotes investing in companies that sell weapons used in war and conflict around the world. BlackRock CEO Larry Fink continues business relations with the Saudi Crown Prince, who is responsible for leading the war on Yemen. Ms. Papermaster spoke of CodePink’s campaigns to get Congressmembers to support House Jt. Resolutions 15 and 16 to block weapons sales to Saudi Arabia. She said that CodePink supports a reversal of the designation of the Houthis as terrorists.

A second, longer rally at the Federal Building featured many speakers including Yemeni American activist Izzaddeen Homran who said to audience cheers, “We are out here for Yemen, but let's not forget we are here for Syria, Palestine, Iraq, Afghanistan and all the other countries that are being bombed.” He noted that participants in the protest were people from different races, cultures, and countries who all know that "what’s going on in Yemen is wrong.'

Others addressed the horrors of the war, saying that the conflict has been unbelievably under-reported in the press. The civil war in Yemen began in 2014 and foreign intervention began shortly after when Obama began selling bombs to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. "It's been almost 6 years since the US has been fueling the war on Yemen; the attacks are relentless" said one speaker.

The event was hosted by the Yemeni Alliance Committee, AROC: Arab Resource and Organizing Center, Yemeni Freedom Council, and the East Bay and San Francisco chapters of Democratic Socialists of America, amongst others.
§CodePink at BlackRock
by R.R.
Cynthia Papermaster holds picture of activists in Ontario, Canada, blocking trucks transporting weapons to Saudi Arabia.
§End U.S. Support
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§Event was covid-safe
by R.R.
Masks and physical distancing were mandatory. This speaker was creatively compliant.
§Taped sign
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