On the afternoon of Feb. 25, dozens of demonstrators from Houston organizations protested the Biden administration’s bombing of Syria. The protestors got here with the demand that as an alternative of spending cash to trigger extra loss of life and destruction with bombs in Syria, cash and assets ought to be spent fixing damaged water pipes in Houston and all through the state of Texas.
Weeks after the lethal winter storm now referred to as Winter Storm Uri and the failure of ERCOT’s energy grid wreaked havoc on the lives of hundreds of thousands of Texans, many residents are nonetheless with out entry to water.
Texans instructed to drink pool water whereas Biden prioritizes bombing Syria
Biden’s determination to bomb Syria whereas Texans proceed to undergo water shortages and damaged pipes exhibits the horrifying discrepancy within the US political and financial system.
In Houston’s predominantly Black and Latino Fifth Ward, many residents are nonetheless with out working water weeks after the winter storm froze their pipes. As a result of injury induced to their properties by the damaged pipes, many residents have been residing of their autos. Landlords have illegally deserted their accountability to repair residences, merely claiming that they’ll repair the damages at some later, undisclosed date.
Residents of the Villas Del Paseo residence complicated in Southwest Houston have been with out water for weeks. Property managers are insulting telling residents to make use of soiled pool water to fulfill their wants.
Whereas Texas’ restoration stalls, the U.S. has no such sluggishness or lack of assets for its infinite wars overseas. On February 24, solely 34 days into the brand new administration, President Joe Biden ordered airstrikes on Syria that killed no less than 22 folks.
The Biden administration has claimed that the airstrikes have been in retaliation for “Iran-backed militias” firing on U.S. contractors in neighboring Iraq. The notion that these airstrikes have been carried out both in “retaliation” or “self-defense” is blatantly absurd.
By definition, an occupying invasion pressure such because the U.S. is committing an act of aggression, not “self-defense.” Greater than 2.four million Iraqis have died because of the U.S. invasion in 2003, along with numerous Iranians, Syrians, Yemenis, and plenty of others who’ve died because of U.S. navy aggression, interference, and sanctions.
Protesters in Houston made the connection between the dearth of assets for poor and dealing folks within the U.S., and the infinite assets the U.S. spends on warfare overseas.
Organizations concerned within the protest included the Social gathering of Socialism and Liberation, Staff World Social gathering, the Brown Berets and others.
The best menace on the planet right now? Biden and the USA!
The demonstrators gathered in entrance of Houston’s Galleria Mall. A number of protestors stood in the course of the crosswalk with indicators studying, “$ to repair our damaged pipes. Not Syrian airstrikes,” “Cash for jobs & training! No extra warfare!” and “You lied about Iraq. You lied about Afghanistan. You lied about Libya. You might be mendacity about Syria & Iran.”
Houston’s native Free Radicals band arrived to play music, and demonstrators chanted slogans to the beat. Drivers on the busy intersection honked in a present of assist and a few raised their fists in solidarity. Protesters chanted, “Repair our damaged pipes. No extra airstrikes!”, “The best menace on the planet right now? Biden and the USA!”, “From Syria to Palestine, occupation is a criminal offense” and “When Syria is below assault, what will we do? Get up, combat again!”
One demonstrator unfurled the Iranian flag to represent that nation’s decades-long resistance to U.S. imperialism and aggression within the Center East.
PSL organizer Caleb Granger spoke concerning the Iraqi folks’s said need to be utterly rid of U.S. occupation forces and the absurdity of the U.S. justifying its assault on Syria primarily based on an alleged assault by resistance fighters in Iraq.
“On January 24, 2020, hundreds of thousands of Iraqis took to the streets of Baghdad to demand an finish to all U.S. navy presence of their nation. The U.S. navy and contractors have been instructed again and again that their refusal to go away could be met with resistance. Lower than 4 months after this mass demonstration, the Iraqi parliament handed a decision calling for the expulsion of all occupying forces. The decision said, ‘The Iraqi authorities should work to finish the presence of any overseas troops on Iraqi soil and prohibit them from utilizing its land, airspace or water for any purpose.’ The Iraqi folks have made it past clear they don’t need the U.S. navy occupying their nation in any capability. The U.S. refuses to hear. Occupied folks have the correct to withstand occupation nonetheless they see match, by any means needed.”
Texans want aid from the pandemic and from the injury attributable to Winter Storm Uri now! Finish U.S. imperial warfare and use the assets to assist struggling folks!