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Hispanic Media Cover Washington Peace Rally, Feature Schiller Institute’s Diane Sare

Feb. 19, 2023, 2022 (EIRNS)—There is good coverage of the “Rage Against the War Machine” rally in Washington today in several Spanish-language media, including RT and Sputnik, which circulate widely, as does Venezuela’s Telesur news service, which circulates internationally in Spanish and English. A number of other outlets, such as Bolivia’s EjuTV and Argentina’s Titulares.ar (in Spanish) picked up the RT article, which is different from the English-language RT. NexoLatino put out a video on the rally on Twitter, as did Hispan-TV.

RT’s Spanish-language coverage is headlined: “Washington Is the Scene of a March against the Ending of Weapons to Ukraine.(in Spanish) ” The organizers of the event, it reports, “denounced the fact that the U.S. ‘instigated’ the Ukrainian crisis ‘with the 2014 coup against its democratically-elected government.’ ” In its livestream (in Spanish)and also video reporting on the demo, RT prominently shows the Schiller Institute sign, “Helga Zepp-LaRouche: To Stop WWIII, the U.S.A. Must Join the New Paradigm,” and then includes a clip of its interview with Diane Sare, in which she explains that in 2014, Obama and Biden overthrew the Ukrainian government, and raised the banners of Nazi collaborator Stepan Bandera. Diane recalled that there were many people in the U.S. who fought against Hitler, so that U.S. support for this current Ukrainian government “is like spitting on their graves.” Talk show host Garland Nixon and blogger Tara Reade are also briefly interviewed, and excerpts of Nixon’s speech played.

Telesur headlines its coverage: “Begin Peace Negotiations, Military De-Escalation, Cut the Pentagon’s Budget and Dissolve NATO, among Other Things, Were the Demands Made.” It reports that “social movements, peace groups and others gathered this Sunday in the U.S. capital, Washington, D.C. and demanded that that country’s government put an end to the military financing of Ukraine and allocate those funds to address domestic social problems... The demonstrators charged that the U.S. government continues to provoke the crisis in Ukraine with the sending of weapons to that nation and recalled that the White House instigated political instability in that Eastern European country by backing the coup d'état carried out in 2014 and then sabotaged the Minsk Accords.”

Aside from the demands Telesur mentioned, Telesur reports that demonstrators called for shutting down the CIA and freeing Julian Assange. “Those who mobilized this Sunday in Washington and other locations denounced the fact that over the last two decades, the U.S. has unleashed and backed wars in nations such as Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Syria, Palestine and Yemen.” The article includes a large picture of people in front of the Lincoln Memorial and a few videos.

Sputnik Mundo’s coverage is no holds barred: “Biden Blew Up Nord Stream: Protests in Washington against U.S. Support for Ukraine.” Beneath that headline is a prominent photo of a poster reading, “Biden Is the Nord Stream Bomber.” Sputnik reports that “with posters that blame President Joe Biden for sabotaging the Nord Stream pipelines and criticism of Ukraine’s presence in Donbass, American citizens gathered at the Abraham Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. to repudiate their country’s participation in the conflict between Kiev and Moscow.” The article points to the multimillion dollar support the U.S. has supplied Ukraine since the beginning of the conflict “with huge benefits for weapons producers.” It also quotes Tara Reade proclaiming that “Russia is not the enemy, China is not the enemy, the enemy is the arms industry and the corrupt Biden regime.”

Sputnik also points to the comments by Col. Anna Wright, who called on Americans to pressure Congress to halt the flow of resources to Ukraine. “I’m here to ask Americans to pressure their Congressmen to stop the military aid and start negotiations,” she was quoted as saying.

Another Spanish-language RT correspondent, Helena Villar, posted an extensive thread on Twitter on the “Mass demonstration at the iconic Lincoln Memorial in the capital of the United States. Under the banner of “Rage Against the War Machine,” Americans from across the country have rallied to call for the abolition of war and empire. The initiative was convened by a coalition of different parties and organizations of very different political stripes. Libertarians, progressives, greens, pacifists....”

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