At precisely noon on Saturday, Jan. 6, the wailings of a lone trumpeter will sound "Taps" as Portland's Pioneer Courthouse Square is briefly transformed into a memorial ground as hundreds of people lay on the ground in various states of mock-death to protest the 3,000 U.S. soldiers killed in Iraq.
The "Die-In," which spotlights the alarming fact that the number of soldiers killed in Iraq now outnumbers the death toll from the 9/11 attacks, will be a “short and quiet event” with “no speeches and no costumes” according to organizer Marianne Barisonek. And void of any information tables or banners as the grassroots effort could not afford permit fees.
The countdown has been on since late summer when Barisonek first thought of the idea to mark the fact that the number of dead U.S. personnel in Iraq exceeds those killed on 9/11.
Barisonek told WWire that the goal of the Die-In is to “present a visually shocking picture that represents the devastation” in Iraq. She says the idea for the demonstration has been well-received so far, except for one emailer who wondered if the demonstrators would be lying in the street so that he could be sure to drive his truck downtown that day.
The organizers remain convinced that the Die-In will remain peaceful, however.
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