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International Day of Peace Rally in Melbourne – 21 September - Alexia Fuentes

International Day of Peace - "Peace Day" address

21 September

by Alexia Fuentes

Migrante Melbourne

Today is September 21st. International Day of Peace or "Peace Day"! I have to ask though. Do we live in a peaceful society? Do we live in a peaceful world?

We are all peaceful people. We all yearn for peace. It is the aspiration of all peaceful-loving peoples and nations. But what does turning away refugees who come here to escape war and poverty, aspiring for peace, tell us? To many of us here today, including the ones who came here to escape the ravages of the second world war, we’ve been lucky enough. To those who came here because they simply had the means to start a new life, even luckier. Many of you probably feel unaffected by the present situation.

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International Day of Peace Rally in Adelaide – 22 September - Stephen Darley

Speech at Independent and Peaceful Australia Network Adelaide Rally

22 September

International Day of Peace Adelaideby Stephen Darley

Convenor IPAN (SA)

What's the difference between 10,000 people being killed in air strikes and a bunch of missiles taking out an oil processing facility?

The difference is that only the one which threatens the markets will "not be tolerated" by the Trump administration.

Scott Morrison, PM of Australia is in the US exploring how far he can kis Donald Trump's bum.  Morrison is following a long tradition – remember Harold Holt's “all the way with LBJ” as the Vietnam War built up? So will this be part of the preliminaries to a new war, against Iran?

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International Day of Peace Rally in Melbourne – 21 September - Patrick Newbold

No War on Iran - No Australian support for US wars of aggression

21 September 2019.

Patrick Newboldby Patrick Newbold

Spirit of Eureka member

We meet on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people. Let us acknowledge that sovereignty of their country was never ceded and pay respects to their elders past, present and emerging.

Recent provocations against Iran are the latest in a series of efforts by the United States to establish a pretext for further military intervention in the Middle East. Despite a history of disastrous campaigns in the region, such as in Iraq and Libya, which saw massive civilian casualties, the decimation of vital infrastructure, a deepening of major sectarian conflicts and a catastrophic breakdown in social and political stability, the United States remains unrelenting in its pursuit of further conflict.

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International Day of Peace Rally in Melbourne – 21 September - Oneal Waromi

Speech at Independent and Peaceful Australia Network Rally

21 September

Oneal Waromiby Oneal Waromi

West Papuan student

You will all have seen the media reports over the last few weeks, showing horrific human rights abuses in West Papua. Not just of people in West Papua but also of university students and other West Papuans living in Indonesia.  As a West Papuan post-graduate student here in Australia, I am asking your help on behalf of the many West Papuans who are suffering – ordinary people, shot, tortured, forced to flee from their villages simply because of wanting to achieve self-determination for their own country.

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International Day of Peace Rally in Melbourne – 21 September - Bryda Nicholls

No Australian support for U.S. wars

21 September  2019

Bryda Nichollsby Bryda Nicholls

Monash University student and Worker Student Alliance member

G'day comrades.

My name is Bryda, I’m a proud Palawa woman from Tasmania. I’d like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we’re gathered today. And pay my respects to elders past present and emerging.

This land was stolen and never ceded.

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