US Presidential candidate in Colombo, slams Iraq war

[TamilNet, Wednesday, 20 October 2004, 12:52 GMT]
''The US is the most disruptive force on the planet. The US invasion and occupation of Iraq is a war crime carried out in direct violation of the Geneva Conventions. American media did not bother to independently investigate claims made by the Bush administration for invading Iraq. Instead, they behaved like ministry of propaganda. This is because US media is controlled by big corporations like General Electric, one of the biggest arms producers in America'', said Mr. Bill Van Auken, a US presidential candidate, addressing a press conference in Colombo Wednesday.

Mr. Bill Van Auken, a US presidential candidate, addressing a press conference in Colombo Mr. Auken is contesting the American Presidential elections as candidate of the US Socialist Equality Party.

''We do not want millionaires to rule us'', Mr. Auken declared, pointing out that even the democratic candidate, John Kerry comes from one of the richest families in America.

He said the working class is oppressed in US, that the poor are getting poorer as the American government is making huge cuts in education and welfare in order to reduce taxation on the rich.

Mr. Auken said many in the US are against the war in Iraq. He said America saw the largest demos in its history against the invasion of Iraq.

''We want the US to fail in Iraq'', Mr. Auken said.

He said the media creates the illusion that there are only two parties in the US Presidential race.

''I know that I won't make it to the White House. We (US SEP) do not see the US presidential election as a horse race. We consider it a mechanism for political development to raise the level of debate on Iraq and economic policies in the US'', Mr. Auken said.

Click to see a full list of Presidential candidates

 

Latest 15 Reports
21.01.22 07:24   Photo
ஈழத்தமிழர் தேசத்தின் தலைமைத்துவம் தேர்தல் அரசியற் கட்சிகளுக்கு அப்பாலானது
02.11.21 15:32   Photo
13 ஆம் சட்டத்திருத்தத்தால் கட்டமைக்கப்பட்ட இன அழிப்பை எதிர்கொள்ள முடியுமா?
15.09.21 08:19  
English version not available
17.05.21 19:23   Photo
Ananthi blames war criminal Silva for blocking collective memorial at Mu'l'livaaykkaal
23.03.21 12:41   Photo
No focus on Tamil genocide, geopolitics gets played out in Geneva in favour of QUAD formation
21.03.21 13:34   Photo
Navi Pillay explains ‘human rights’ limitations in Geneva on Tamil genocide
15.03.21 20:36   Photo
Deceived Tamil activists in UK falsely claimed ‘substantial changes’ to Zero draft
09.03.21 21:34   Photo
UK repeatedly wronged Tamils says hunger-striker, demands genocide justice
26.02.21 11:53   Photo
Tamils witness false dilemma in Geneva as geopolitical formations pit against each other
19.02.21 14:02   Photo
UK not prepared to push for ICC option in new UNHRC Resolution
07.02.21 23:16   Photo
Unprecedented P2P uprising paves the way for rights-oriented politics of Tamils and Muslims
22.01.21 08:01   Photo
Gotabaya sets up deceptive COI citing ‘sovereignty’ and ‘non-aligned’ foreign policy
18.01.21 23:44   Photo
Tamil activists resisted three sources of outside influence while drafting demands to UNHRC
16.01.21 11:03  
Tamil national parties demand UN to inquire into crime of genocide and set up IIIM
09.01.21 09:37   Photo
Demolition of Tamil genocide monument, fourth emblematic trauma since 1974: Rev Fr Sakthivel
 
Find this article at:
http://www.tamilnet.com/art.html?catid=13&artid=13189