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Anti-occupation rallies in DC, SF

The first big “End the Occupation of Iraq” demonstrations in the US are scheduled for Saturday in Washington and San Francisco.

They are sponsored by International ANSWER (a front for the quasi-Stalinist Workers’ World Party) and United for Peace & Justice.

Speakers and the groups they represent appear to be many of the usual suspects. Police are expecting more than 30,000 in Washington.

If you want to follow the action, the Washington demo will be broadcast live on C-SPAN starting at 11 a.m. Eastern time. Those without access can watch on the C-SPAN website.

Update: Organizers estimated a turnout of 100,000, while police on the scene guessed it was in the range of 10,000 to 20,000. At any rate it was far below the numbers who demonstrated before the war. I suspect that even many who opposed the war couldn’t buy the organizers’ demand for an immediate end to the occupation.

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