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anti-war demos in DeKalb, Batavia

Two anti-war rallies were held in Illinois "backwaters" over the past two days.
On Thursday, September 26th, a rally an sit-in was held against Dennis Hasert's office in Batavia opposing the war against Iraq and delay in the Resolution giving President Bush carte blanc to attack Iraq. Denniss Hastert is a member of the U.S. house of representatives and Speaker of the House; the third most powerfull person in the US government. About 150 people showed up for the rally from all across Illinois and 11 people were part of the sit-in. Most present were white liberal reformists, but there were also more radical participants (including anarchists). Those who sat-in met with the staff to explain our position, with one eventually leaving voluntarily and 10 forcibly ejected (having gone limp) by the police when they resorted to singing having announced they would not leave until heard that the Speaker had agreed to our demands. They were prepared to be arrested and had agreed on bail solidarity (no bail), but, as it turns out, a group of 4 or 5 police came and simply threw (dragged) them out. No one was injured in the process.

At noon on Friday September 27th in the MLK commons of Northern Illinois University a rally was held against war on Iraq & in solidarity with the actions going on in D.C. right now (which the organizers consider to be two aspects of the same oppressive system). About 50 people showed up; a good turnout for this mostly apathetic campus. Except for a few Bush fanatics the reaction of most students was positive. Organized by the Northern Coalition for Peace & Justice.



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