Contact: John M.
Media Advisory- Groups to
Protest 'Democracy' Award to Kissinger
WHEN: Thursday, May
23, 2013 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Intrepid
Sea, Air & Space Museum, Pier 86, 12 Ave. & 46 Street, New
East Timor and Indonesia
Action Network, Big Apple Coffee Party, Campaign
for Peace and Democracy, Chelsea Neighbors United to End the
War, War Resisters League/NYC, Veterans for Peace Chapter
34, War Criminals Watch/World Can't Wait.
WHAT: Protesters will
express their outrage at the honoring of former Secretary of
State Henry Kissinger with the Intrepid Freedom Award for
his "his distinguished career defending the values of
freedom and democracy." The protest will condemn the
honoring of the accused war criminal by the museum's
“Of all the undeserved
honors that Kissinger has received, this is one of the most
absurd. Kissinger built his diplomatic career on undermining
democracy and freedom throughout the world. He supported
coups, armed dictators, undermined self-determination, and
oversaw the bombing of millions,” said John M. Miller,
National Coordinator of the East Timor and Indonesia Action
“Kissinger should be on
trial, not honored. His actions led to mass murder, the
overthrow of democratically-elected governments, and the
invasion and occupation of nations," he said.
backing, Indonesia absorbed East Timor and West Papua
against the will of their inhabitants. As a result of his
policies, millions were killed, maimed and made homeless in
East Timor, Vietnam, Cambodia, Chile, Cyprus, Bangladesh,
Angola, West Papua, and elsewhere,” Miller added .
Kissinger was National
Security Advisor and/or Secretary of State from 1969-1976.
The ceremony also will
honor a second controversial figure, David Koch, executive
vice president of Kansas-based Koch Industries, Inc. Koch
has funded foundations and other efforts to undermine labor
and other rights, as well as climate denial campaigns.
Below is a sampling of
some of the history he has made and the consequences:
* 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
* 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.;
* Approval 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 East Pakistan
* 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.
* Kissinger supported and illegally-armed Indonesian
dictator Suharto's invasion and occupation of East Timor
which resulted in the deaths of up to 184,000 people.
* 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.
For background on
Kissinger's role in the illegal invasion and occupation of
East Timor (Timor-Leste) see