Denmark: Six-Year Peace Vigil in Copenhagen
- Six-Year Peace Vigil in Copenhagen
By Mohammad Sabry IOL Staff
Sun. Nov. 25, 2007
COPENHAGEN A group of Danish activists have been
maintaining a daily symbolic vigil outside the
parliament building in the Danish capital Copenhagen
for the past six years to protest involvement in
Washington's so-called war on terror.
"We are demonstrating against impotence, hysteria and
violent attacks," activist Rief Paulsin told
IslamOnline.net standing in the open area in chilling
"We are protesting against the war."
Paulsin and a group of like-minded peace activists
have founded the "Peace Watch" movement to protest
Denmarks assistance to the American war on terror.
They keep a symbolic vigil outside the parliament
headquarters to make their voice heard.
"We will continue to take this action until Denmark
stops every assistance to the US in Iraq and
Afghanistan," said a defiant Paulsin.
Following the terrorist 9/11 attacks, the US invaded
Afghanistan to topple the ruling Taliban movement and
its Al-Qaeda ally.
Two years later, US President George Bush ordered the
invasion of Iraq on claims of stockpiling weapons of
mass destruction and links to Al-Qaeda, both later
Denmark has a 600-strong contingent serving with the
41,000-strong NATO force in Afghanistan, which remains
a destitute and undeveloped country where inhabitants
have no central heating, electricity or running water.
The Scandinavian country withdrew its ground forces
from Iraq last year but still keeps a small air force
in the war-torn country.
The Peace Watch activists are also campaigning against
a possible "illegal" US military adventure targeting
"We are also standing here to prevent a possible war
against Iran," said Paulsin.
"Acts of military aggression represent the most brutal
use of a monopoly of power," he insisted.
The Bush administration has not ruled out military
action against Iran.
Award-winning American investigative reporter Seymour
Hersh revealed that the Pentagon had formed a special
group to plan an attack against Iran that can be
implemented, upon orders from the president, within 24
"Entire nations can suffer destruction in the name of
special interests," warned Paulsin, the Danish peace
"We cant remain passive while peace and freedom are
threatened by the powerful who claim to be its
defenders. That is why we are standing here."