On August 31, dozens of New Orleanians opposed to U.S. Military Intervention in Syria rallied in Washington Square and marched through the French Quarter to Jackson Square. Some of the marchers continued to Bourbon Street.
This gathering was part of a Global Day of Anti War with Syria protests and is described in a Facebook event as follows:
Global & Local protest to STAY out of the war in Syria, because we are tired of killing innocent people in our names, or in their alleged good interest, and who the hell wants WW3, anyway??
MEETS 2pm @ Washington Square Park, Takes for and finishes @ 3pm for Jackson Square
“We are non-violently protesting the escalation of US military involvement in Syria, as well as the complete disregard of the will of the American people in the decision to begin a new war. We in no way support the actions of the Assad regime, but are concerned that US intervention will instigate more violence and suffering.
We suggest you bring banners and/or props (even food), and invite anyone and everyone you know! Organize activities beforehand on this page, or we can just wing it when we get there. This is an event for people of all political views and beliefs, just as long as you are opposed to another unnecessary war in the Middle-East!”
Rally in Washington Square
Here’s a video from the beginning of the rally http://youtu.be/b166lIfApF0
small affair’s videos from the livestream are below.
*Note: the first video of interviews before the rally and Raphaelle’s speech for some reason recorded “audio only,” but hopefully we’ll be able to fix that.
March Part 1
March Part 2
March Part 3 (on Bourbon Street)
For more photographs from August 31, see this Flickr set from #NoWarNOLA #NoWarWithSyria Rally and March.http://www.flickr.com/photos/95954471@N07/sets/72157635335409012/
Thanks to Raphaelle and everyone who helped organize this!