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*Hello listpeople, At the moment Dutch Parliament is deciding on sending a "peaceforce" to southern province of Iraq. Most parties are agreeing on it, the main discussion is only about the "safety" of the Dutch Soldiers. Today there was a protest, organised by Iraqi exciles, in the Dutch city The Hague (not the capital) where the government and parliament have their cambres and offices. The Dutch are to take over the control of the province **Muthanna **from the British "forces". Also, although it was said the Dutch were military not participating in the (enduring) war, they did all they have been able to, by using a special submarine for support the war. grts, Robin. Protest against sending Dutch troops to Iraq* */Square - 25.06.2003 12:40 http://www.indymedia.nl/nl/2003/06/12568.shtml / * On Wednesday 25 June, the Iraqi Platform in The Netherlands had organized a picket on the Plein (near Parliament) in The Hague, government city of The Netherlands. Both Iraqi refugees and supporters from the peace movement in The Netherlands protested against Dutch government proposals to send 1100 Dutch soldiers to Iraq's Southern Muthanna province (not so far from where the day before, six British soldiers and at least four Iraqi civilians have died in fights). These soldiers have no United Nations mandate. Iraqi people will see these troops as part of US/British occupation. Iraqi people should have their own government, not military occupation, after the Saddam Hussein dictatorship. Unfortunately, The Hague police impeded the demonstrators from handing leaflets to Members of Parliament; and then banned demonstrating against sending Dutch troops altogether. The Iraqi and Dutch anti-occupation demonstrators then joined another demonstration, against Dutch Government policies increasing the number of homeless and making life harder for those already homeless (while cutting back on poor people, the Dutch government does find money for occupation of Iraq). The Hague police arrested one demonstrator, the former Dutch Air Force officer, lawyer, and member of Lawyers for Peace, Mr Meindert Stelling, for handing out leaflets. Mr Stelling was driven away in a police car. E mail of the The Hague police: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> E mail reaction form on site of Dutch Prime Minister, J.P. Balkenende: http://www.minaz.nl/minister-president/vragen/html/reactieformulier_minister-president.htm Dutch Minister of Defence, H. Kamp: firstname.lastname@example.org <mailto:email@example.com> _______________________________________________ Sent via the discussion list of the Campaign Against Sanctions on Iraq. To unsubscribe, visit http://lists.casi.org.uk/mailman/listinfo/casi-discuss To contact the list manager, email firstname.lastname@example.org All postings are archived on CASI's website: http://www.casi.org.uk