IVAW San Francisco marks the 9th anniversary of the Iraq war
On the 9th Anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, Iraq Veterans Against the War and their supporters set up the Eyes Wide Open memorial to the 481 California soldiers killed in Iraq and blocked traffic at City Hall.
On the 9th Anniversary of the start of the Iraq War, Iraq Veterans Against the War and their supporters set up the Eyes Wide Open memorial to the 481 California soldiers killed in Iraq.
There were 481 pairs of combat boots set out in front of San Francisco Hall. Each had the name of a soldier who was killed in Iraq, their age, and the city they came from. A display of white boots and a sign remembered soldiers who committed suicide. There were also shoes with the names of Iraqi civilians who have been killed.
They held a silent protest blocking traffic in front of City Hall for an hour and 45 minutes, one second for each military suicide since the start of the Iraq War. San Francisco Police eventually redirected traffic and allowed them to remain in the street, at first for 30 minutes, but then for the entire time of the planned protest.
Among the vets blocking traffic Scott Olsen, the Iraq War vet who had his skull fractured during an Occupy Oakland protest on October 25, 2011. Olsen served in the Marines from 2005 to 2009.
His attorney filed a claim (the first step to filing a lawsuit) today after discovering Olsen was hit by a lead filled beanbag projectile (which means an officer aimed at him). It had been believed he had been hit by tear gas canister by accident.