Local protestors push for peace amid Ukraine conflict

Published: Mar. 7, 2022 at 10:36 PM CST
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BRULE, WI -- More than a dozen protestors gathered in Brule Monday to advocate for peace in Ukraine.

Philip Anderson with the Duluth/Superior Chapter of Veterans for Peace helped organize the protest.

Anderson believes any show of military force from the U.S. would result in more problems in Eastern Europe.

“Military action only creates more problems. It does not solve any ethnic, social, or border disputes, it just creates more death and destruction,” said Anderson.

Anderson is a veteran himself. He said believes any form of aggression is too much.

He condemned the sweeping sanctions implemented against Russia.

“Economic sanctions are another form of warfare,” he said, “people are going to go hungry, people are going to die, people are not going to get their medicines.”

Anderson said the best way to stop conflict is to prevent it from happening before it’s too late.

He and others at the protest believe nuclear disarmament, an end to NATO involvement in Eastern Europe, and peaceful negotiations are a better way to solve the problems in Ukraine.

“If we really want to be serious about preserving life and making a good life for everybody on this planet, eliminating nuclear weapons is the way to go,” said Dorothy Wolden, with Grandmothers For Peace.

Several other protests and rallies took place over the weekend across the Northland, including one in Duluth.

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