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Subj: International Days of Anti-War Protest--
April 17 Date: Sunday, April 4, 1999 12:59:44 am

Press Contact: Sara Flounders
For: Immediate Release Deirdre Sinnott, 212-633-6646

As Fires Rage in Belgrade: Anti-war activists set "March for Truth" demanding STOP the Bombing, STOP the War Against Yugoslavia Wed., April 7, 5:00 p.m. Grand Central Station, NYC Marching to offices of G.E.-owned NBC at Rockefeller Center (5 Ave, 47th - 50th Sts.)

Call for International Days of Protest against U.S./NATO bombing of Yugoslavia Sat., April 17

cruise missile blasts offCharge NBC with hiding real issues behind U.S./NATO bombing of Yugoslavia. NBC is owned by GE -- one of the world's largest military contractors.

On April 3, as fires raged in downtown Belgrade -- a city of 2 million hit by a U.S./NATO cruise missiles -- anti-war activists announced the next in a series of growing protests against the bombing. On Wed., April 7 in New York City at 5 p.m. there will be a March for Truth at Grand Central Station, marching to Rockefeller Center (5 Ave., 47th-50th Sts.). The protest will target GE-owned NBC and other major media for falsely presenting the issues behind the U.S. bombing of Yugoslavia. The demonstration is initiated by the International Action Center.

"NBC and other major media are owned by the leading military contractors and war profiteers. The news media functions as a public relations firm for these war corporations and the Pentagon.," said Brian Becker, co-coordinator of the International Action Center. "Because of this, the suffering of only one group, the refugees leaving Kosovo, is covered. Meanwhile, the other Yugoslav victims of the U.S./NATO bombings are ignored. General Electric, one of the world's largest military contractors with a direct interest in the bombing as a supplier of engines for NATO jet fighters, owns NBC and co-owns MS/NBC."

The International Action Center also issued a call for April 17 International Day of Protest against the U.S./NATO Bombing of Yugoslavia. The New York City action will be on Sat., April 17, 12 noon, gathering at Grand Central Station. Coordinated actions will take place in cities throughout the U.S. and around the world demanding "STOP the Bombing, STOP the War Against Yugoslavia."

International Action Center 39 West 14 Street, Room 206 New York, NY 10011 email: phone: (212) 633-6646 fax: (212) 633-2889

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