NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — As tensions rise between theocratic Iran and democratic Israel, a few hundred protesters gathered at Times Square to voice their opposition to punitive action against Iran over the country’s nuclear program.
“Any invasion of Iran would be a repeat of what happened in Iraq,” 84-year-old Corrine Willinger told WCBS 800’s Alex Silverman.
Willinger is a proud member of the “Raging Grannies,” and provided background music for the march of a few hundred from Times Square to the U.N. and the Israeli Consulate.
“Civil liberties have disappeared,” the grannies sang.
Steve Horn came from eastern Pennsylvania to support the marchers and argue for the removal of economic sanctions against Iran.
“Finding excuses to go to war? No,” he said. “Look around here in New York City. There’s millions of people here. What would happen to them very very quickly if you didn’t have the parts to repair the trucks, the medicine for the hospitals?”
“I’m hoping U.S. government will not fall into this trap,” said Henry Enavian, who left Iran 14 years ago.
“It is just going to mass murder more Iranian population,” he said while waving two Iranian flags. “War is not going to accomplish freedom for anybody, including for the people of Iran.”
Debra Sweet organized the protest, in conjunction with others around the country.
Asked what should America’s stance be if Israel attacks Iran, she answered: “No support it. Absolutely, and that’s why we’re out here today.”
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