Kelowna Peace Group rallies downtown

The Kelowna Peace Group rallied Saturday to show its opposition to NATO intervention in Syria and war-mongering rhetoric aimed at Iran.

The Kelowna Peace Group gathered downtown on Saturday to show its opposition towards NATO intervention in Syria and a pre-emptive strike on Iran's nuclear facilities.

The Kelowna Peace Group rallied downtown on Saturday in response to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s recent visit to Canada to seek support for a pre-emptive strike on Iran’s nuclear facilities.

“Our message today is that we oppose any NATO intervention in Syria and we are totally opposed to an attack on Iran—supposedly to disable its nuclear capacities,” said Anne-Marie Brun, a member of the Kelowna Peace Group.

“If we somewhat agree that Iran should be submitted to inspections about its capacity to develop nuclear armament, we are asking that Isreal openly admit that it has nuclear arsenal, because double standards don’t stand with us.”

Brun said that she would like to see a nuclear-free Middle East.

“More than that, we’re asking that all nations who already have nuclear weapons all over the world, dismantle them. The United States should be a leader in that.”

She noted that the United States is the only country that has used nuclear weapons in the past.

The Kelowna Peace Group also showed concern with regards to foreign intervention in Syria.

“There was an intervention in Libya and after that there was no report on the aftermath of the intervention and the death tolls it caused,” said Brun.

“What we’re asking for is that Bashar al-Assad’s army stop its crackdown on the people and that the rebels from the opposition lay down their arms so that there would be a clear ceasefire.

“There should be talks and negotiations to try and find an end to this conflict. We think that’s what the international community should be pushing for—not military intervention.”

Brun said she was happy with Saturday’s turnout, especially because the idea for the rally was conceived not too long ago.

According to Brun, the Kelowna Peace Group includes “people from different backgrounds who are committed to a more peaceful world.”

“We’re mostly an educational group. We try to bring speakers in town to talk on different issues. We also organize actions like this to show the citizens that we’re concerned about all issues regarding wars.”

Just Posted

Kelowna firefights camp out under the stars for youth recovery house

The firefighters will be on the top of the Yacht Club until tomorrow night

Sheryl Crow hits West Kelowna for Mission Hill Winery concert

Songstress seems struck by the natural beauty of the Okanagan

Okanagan Wildfires: The latest on wildfires and evacuations

A Saturday morning look at the major wildfires impact the Okanagan and Similkameen.

Okanagan wildfires have potential to become firestorms, says UBC expert

David Andison said to let smaller fires go, to create pockets in the landscape for new forests

Evacuation order downgraded near Mount Eneas wildfire

Fire chief Dennis Craig said wind was blowing the fire away from homes

Okanagan Wildfires: The latest on wildfires and evacuations

A Saturday morning look at the major wildfires impact the Okanagan and Similkameen.


A brief look at action from the 2018 BC Summer Games in the Cowichan Valley

Wildfire near Keremeos still burning at 255 hectares

The Placer Mountain wildfire is still active

2017 wildfires give B.C. mom chance to say thank you to officer who saved her son

An unlikely encounter in the rural community of Likely, near Williams Lake

UPDATED: Kinder Morgan pipeline protesters defy eviction order

Demonstrators at Camp Cloud in Burnaby say they won’t leave, but will meet with city officials

B.C. tent city camper arrested for taking coins from fountain

The man, who built a shelter at a Saanich park, says homeless people are unfairly targeted

Ex-Raptor DeMar DeRozan says goodbye to Toronto on Instagram

The guard was traded to the San Antonio Spurs earlier this week for Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green

VIDEO: B.C. rancher demands change on how gov’t handles emergencies after 2017 wildfires

Essential service designation, tax deferrals should be on the table for ranchers

From hot dog to not dog: stuffed toy prompts car break in

Victoria couple said dog toy had been in the backseat for 18 years without problems

Most Read