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Contact: John M. Miller, 917-690-4391
Jesse Lemisch, 212 222-6649
Stephanie Rugoff, 646-807-3259
Tom Keough, 718-768-6171
Protest to Reject Honoring Henry Kissinger by
New-York Historical Society
protesters will gather outside the Waldorf Astoria Hotel to express
their outrage at the honoring or former Secretary of State Henry
Kissinger by the New-York Historical Society (N-YHS). Demonstrators
will gather from 5:30
p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at 301 Park Ave. (between 49 & 50 St.) in
condemn the honoring of the accused war criminal by the society at a
$1000 a ticket gala.
"It is incredible how this war criminal keeps
avoiding accountability for his crimes," said Stephanie Rugoff of War
a sponsor of the upcoming protest. "Instead of feting him with
honors, Kissinger should prosecuted for his crimes."
"Kissinger's policies were from the 1% for the 1%,
and the 99% suffered the consequences," said John M. Miller,
National Coordinator of the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network
(ETAN). "The survivors of those policies can not forget and neither
Historians criticized the politicization of the
society: "With this honor, the society throws away 200 years of
distinction, sacrificing its standing, subverting and junking a
major historical institution by politicizing it. While N-YHS has a
right to its politics, there's no doubt that in bestowing this honor
on Kissinger those politics are vile. The trustees of this
once-great Society should resign. We need a new New York Historical
Society," wrote Jesse Lemisch, Professor of History Emeritus, John
Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York and
Staughton Lynd, Independent Historian said
in a statement.
"We will be at the gala to remind people about Henry
Kissinger's sordid and criminal history concerning East Timor,
Vietnam, Cambodia, Chile, South Africa, Cyprus, Bangladesh, Angola,
West Papua, and elsewhere. Kissinger is responsible for millions of
deaths, millions maimed, and millions made homeless," said Tom
Keough from Brooklyn for Peace, Anti Militarism Committee.
Among the organizers of the upcoming demonstration
are ETAN, War Resisters League NYC, Brooklyn for Peace, War
Criminals Watch, Code Pink, Campaign for Peace and Democracy, World
Can't Wait, and Veterans for Peace-NYC Chapter 34.
Kissinger is to receive the 2011 History Makers Award
from the NYHS. Below is a sampling of some of the history he has
made and the consequences.
Between 1969 and 1977, Kissinger as National Security
Advisor and then Secretary of State designed and implemented
policies which lead to hundreds of thousands of deaths, the
overthrow of democratically-elected governments, and the invasion
and occupation of sovereign countries. Among his action were:
* On behalf of Richard Nixon's candidacy for
president, Kissinger is alleged to have secretly scuttled the Paris
peace agreement reached by the Johnson Administration to end the war
in Vietnam. The war continued for 7 more years. during which 32,000
US military personnel and hundreds of thousand of Indochinese died;
* As Nixon's National Security Advisor, Kissinger
suggested and oversaw the illegal bombing of Laos and Cambodia from
1969 and the 1970 military invasion of Cambodia, followed by the
overthrow of its government.;
and direction of the overthrow of the democratically-elected
government of Salvador Allende in 1973, and unqualified support for
brutal military dictatorships in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, El
Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Nicaragua, Uruguay, and
elsewhere in Latin America;
* In 1971, Kissinger tilted toward the government of
Pakistan as its troops massacred hundreds of thousands in rebellious
* Kissinger refused to intervene to halt the plot by
the ruling fascist Greek generals to overthrow of the democratically
elected leader of Cyprus. Turkey invaded in response and the island
nation remains divided to this day.
supported and illegally-armed Indonesian dictator Suharto's invasion
and occupation of East Timor which resulted in the massacre of up to
* Kissinger provided unwavering diplomatic and
intelligence support to the apartheid regime in South Africa,
including the provision of military support to the apartheid
government's military intervention in Angola.