Filipinos join Iranians in protesting possibility of war, U.S. economic sanctions on Iran

LOS ANGELES — Amid the ongoing conflict between the United States and Iran, the possibility of war pushed these demonstrators to take to the streets as part of a National Day of Action.

For some, it was more personal.

Iran-born Shawny Ebadi said she was worried for her relatives still living in the Middle Eastern country.

She said she hasn’t had a chance to speak to them since tensions heightened following the U.S.-led airstrike that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.

But then she said this kind of scenario has been going on throughout her home country’s history.

“It’s again the American empire trying to get its hands back on Iran and to try to get its control back in its regions and the Iranian people have been standing resilient,” said Ebadi. “They’ve been fighting back against US imperialism and for me right now the most important thing I can do is be out in the streets and continue to stand in support and in solidarity not just with the people of Iran but with the people of every state and every nation that’s been under US colonial rule.”

On Wednesday, President Donald Trump said there would be no military action against Iran following Iran’s missile strikes on military bases in Iraq that housed US forces.

Trump, however, did threaten economic sanctions, which Ebadi said is also a form of war against Iran.

“Sanctions are economic warfare it strangles the country and it hurts the people the most Iran right now I know there’s shortage of medicine basic medicine that is causing people to die at much earlier younger rates than it should be. We have the technology we have the innovation to create these medicines and give people access to these medicines.”

Filipino American activists say the tensions between the U.S. and the Middle East is an issue they share with the international community.

Joey Panganiban of Kabataang Makabayan has been joining these protests, comparing US actions in the Middle East to what’s been done in the Philippines.

“I think we also know what US imperialism and colonialism has done to the Philippines as well and the turmoil that it’s left us in and the kind of stuff we have to deal with so I don’t think US intervention is appropriate anywhere except for here in the US.”

Meanwhile, Ebadi, who migrated to the U.S. at age 3 said despite being concerned about tensions between her home country and adopted country, she takes comfort in knowing that many members of the international community are marching alongside her, calling for peace.

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  • Mario
    11 January 2020 at 2:23 am - Reply

    As a PINOY why join the enemy of AMERICA. That is Sedition, what do you get from it. Remember cell phone technology, they can take picture on you while protesting. Once TRUMP is re-elected his loyalist will start to retaliate. Onced your fellow Pinoy gave your photo to ICE, they will brand you as ENEMY of America or terrorist, joining IRANIAN rally. Of course, you need a LAWYER, get ready for your money, you will win but you are going to waste a lot of time and legal fees to your lawyer. Use common sense.

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