March 15th marked the 5 year anniversary of the US war on Iraq. An organization called Stop The War Machine
used the occasion to hold a demonstration and march around the perimeter of UNM campus as well locations within the campus.
Organizers hold that the UNM Center for Science, Technology & Policy as well as other departments on campus function as war profiteers in their pursuit of technology which is used by Lockheed Martin and other weapon's manufactures to produce the weapons which are sold to the US Government for profit to be used in wars.
The march was well organized and there seemed to be a generally good rapport with the police. A police escort cleared the way for a lane of Central to be used during the March and the officers stationed throughout the route were generally polite... unlike the march that took place in 2003
One officer was snapping pictures of people who were participating. When asked why he was taking pictures he answered "Why not?".
Before the March began organizers spoke to a crowd of what looked like a couple of hundred people, maybe more. Memorable speakers were Bob Anderson
a former UNM professor who has lost his job for his anti-war sentiments and actions as well as been arrested at UNM for speaking out at a meeting concerning the advancement of Nuclear Weapons technology, as well as Maria Santelli, host of Ch. 27's Indy Media Live, who discussed the proceedings of the current Winter Soldier Investigations
going on this weekend. Indy Media Live airs on Public Access Channel 27 on Fridays at 7pm.
To date nearly 4,000 U.S. men and women have been killed in the War on Iraq as well as nearly 90,000 civilian deaths.