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14 March 2008
This Sunday at rallies across Australia marking the fifth anniversary of the U.S. led invasion of Iraq a new veterans group will be launched which opposes the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Our group, called Stand Fast, will have speakers at rallies in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane,” said Hamish Chitts, former Australian infantry soldier, East Timor veteran and one of the founders of Stand Fast.
The group’s statement reads:
“Stand Fast is a group of veterans and former military personnel who oppose the current wars of occupation in Iraq and Afghanistan.
We who have borne arms denounce these wars because:
· These wars are about money, power and fear.
· Soldiers are people; they are our neighbours, our sons, daughters, brothers and sisters.
· Too many have died, often leaving behind partners, children and other loved ones.
· Many will carry the psychological scars for the rest of their lives.
Stand Fast seeks to add weight to the antiwar movement in Australia through organising veterans to speak out against the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and by debunking the myth that “If you’re against the war, you’re against the troops.””
Chitts explained that Stand Fast is “encouraging current serving members of the Australian Defence Force to inform themselves about what is really happening in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are here to provide advice and support for those who may question serving in either of these wars.”
Hamish Chitts will be speaking for Stand Fast on Sunday March 17 as part of the Palm Sunday Peace Rally, 1:30pm Queens Park in the city. For further information contact Hamish on 0401 586 923 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.