Wake-Up Call: Anti-War Rally In DC – The death of General Qassem Suleimani earlier this 2020 had made uproar about the start of WWIII globally. In response to that, activist especially those with the Iranian community had been protesting around the globe, including in the US itself.
• Anti-War Rally DC
Global Day of Protest has been initiated in response to the war between the US and Iran since November 2019. There are hundreds of protests in Iran and several concentrated rallies in the US.
A rally in front of the Washington D.C. was conducted as a part of Global Day of Protest. On the date, hundreds of people gathered in front of the White House, including Sean Blackmon from ANSWER (Act Now to Stop War and End Racism), Donna Farvard from NIAC, and Medea Benjamin from Code Pink.
The rally was meant to be peaceful and educative. Besides remarks on how the US-Iran war is not exclusively affecting the two countries, the activists educate the masses about the humanitarian cruelty that is caused because of the war. In Iran itself, there are reports regarding halted medicine supplies from Europe that caused deaths, such as the death of 15 children with Epidermolysis bullosa. Iranian-American who joined the rally also shared how their relatives in Iran died from other diseases due to the same issue. Meanwhile, in the US, there are at least 16 reported Iranian students who have their visas revoked because the US government regards their nationality suspicious. From the same matter, Iranians in Canada have to travel to Washington to prove their nationality and avoid the same issue.
• What Happens Next?
The Washington DC rally may end peacefully, but the predecessor protests don’t have such endings. Many activists (especially those in Iran) are behind the bars, if not killed. Thankfully, the DC rally was followed with a resolution from The US House of Representatives to NCRI (National Council of Resistance of Iran). To be precise, it was received by a NCRI-US representative Ms. Soona Samsami. The resolution basically stated that The House of Representatives stands with Iranian activists against the war, opposes human rights abuse happened in the protests, and urged UN Security and Human Rights Council to deal with the issue somehow.
Thankfully, after the rally, a resolution had been made to minimize any more casualties from future rallies. For the time being, Iran is holding an uneasy quiet after some de-escalation moves from the US’ while more activists took their stand in both countries.