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Picket of the Royal Nova Scotia Tattoo

No to the Culture of Militarization!

- 2:30pm
Mardi Juillet 1 2014

Venue: Corner of Duke and Barrington
Cost: Free


Picket at the Royal Nova Scotia International Tattoo

12:30 pm, Tuesday, July 1
Corner of Barrington and Duke Streets

Discussion on the Culture of Militarization
2 pm, Sunday. July 6
Just Us! Coffeehouse 5896 Spring Garden Rd. Halifax


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Canada Day comes to Halifax and once again the Royal Nova Scotia Tattoo spectacle unfolds at the Metro Centre for the entire week. First staged in 1979, the Tattoo has become a significant military-culture event on the calendar.

It is not coincidental that the Tattoo is supported by subsidies and in-kind support from the Government of Canada, the Province of Nova Scotia, the Canadian Forces, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Halifax Regional Municipality and the Corporate Community. HRM, for example has increased its annual subsidy by $10,000 to $100,000.

Halifax is the most militarized city in Canada and the Royal Nova Scotia Tattoo is cited to be the world’s largest annual indoor show.

From the get-go, starting with the demonstrations mounted against and outside the very first Tattoo, anti-imperialist antiwar activists from the workers’ movement, the youth and the ranks of progressive film-makers (among others) took and maintained a firm stand against Canadian involvement in the war preparations, including the militarization of culture. Today, for the third Canada Day in a row, No Harbour For War is proud to continue this legacy of anti-imperialist resistance to imperialist war.

Before the US-led invasion of Afghanistan and Iraq, progressive humanity stood against war preparations. Since then, the imperialists have plunged the peoples into war, such that today, much of the world across large swaths of western and central Asia, as well as northern, western and central Africa, and even southeastern Europe (Ukraine) is in, or being dragged willy-nilly by hook or by crook into, actual war. We are in war, and with this shift, the front of struggle against the “militarization of culture” has acquired a new front: the struggle against the “culture of militarization”.

WHAT IS THE CULTURE OF MILITARIZATION? If you want secure employment, you must accept production of warships or other materiel that have no end-purpose other than to destroy or be destroyed, as the most highly-desirable source of steady years-long high-paying employment, without rights, and under the supervision of those whose sole purpose is to follow orders — THAT IS THE CULTURE OF MILITARIZATION. The “culture of militarization” is the routinization, naturalization and normalization of war as an inevitable and unavoidable fact of daily life. Yesterday, to oppose the Tattoo was to oppose the militarization of culture. Today, to oppose the Tattoo is also to oppose THE CULTURE OF MILITARIZATION.

With their Tattoos etc., the US-NATO imperialists and their henchmen in the Harper regime are further trying Canadians’ patience.


For further information contact noharbourforwar@hotmail.com

Organizer:No Harbour For War

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