This November: Remember Fallujah
A month of events in November 2005 to remember what happened in Fallujah and other cities in Iraq and to demand justice for those attacked.
One year ago this month the US, with the support of the British, began its second major assault on the Iraqi city of Fallujah. This massive and unpredented offensive devastated a city the size of Plymouth (the US State Department estimated 100% of the city’s housing was damaged to some degree) and killed many hundreds of civilians. British troops had been redeployed specially from southern Iraq to help form a “ring of steel” around the city. An earlier attack in April 2004 had killed at least 600 civilians. See Jo Wilding’s report of riding an ambulance inside the city during the siege. Report
US forces committed major war crimes during the assaults including: bombing residential areas and killing many civilians; imposing a 'shoot-to-kill curfew' and using snipers to fire on - and kill - unarmed civilians, including children; targetting ambulances and hospitals , closing medical facilities and preventing outside medical aid into the city; killing unarmed, wounded Iraqis; and, using phosphorus weapons.
Meanwhile, further assaults during the past year on Iraqi cities including Qaim, Karabila and Tal Afar have killed many more Iraqi civilians and created thousands more refugees with little media coverage or response from the anti-war movement.
Month of events
Over twenty events are taking place around the UK to Remember Fallujah including: non-profit film screenings of the documentaries Testimonies from Fallujah, A Letter to the Prime Minister, Occupation Dreamland and Fallujah: April 2004; a national speaking tour with US author and activist <a href="http://www.empirenotes.org/%5D" target="_blank">Rahul Mahajan (in Fallujah during the April 2004 siege Report); an international teach-in, Voices from Occupied Iraq organised by Iraq Occupation Focus;<font size="2" face="Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif"> vigils to mark the attacks on Fallujah last year
The month will start on 8 November (a year to the day last November’s attack started), with film screenings at the ICA in London followed by a discussion with author and activist <a href="http://www.selvesandothers.org/view118.html" target="_blank">Milan Rai.
See <a href="http://www.rememberfallujah.org"
for more information on Fallujah and details of all the
events this month and details of the films being screened.