In the wake of fresh U.S. and European sanctions against Iran, activists gathered at Powell and Market streets in San Francisco Saturday afternoon to protest a potential war against the Middle Eastern nation.

Organized by The World Can’t Wait and other anti-war groups, the rally coincided with similar protests in 80 other U.S. cities in a national “day of action” against a possible U.S. attack on Iran, according to World Can’t Wait SF organizer Stephanie Tang.

Organizers estimated that more than 300 people attended Saturday’s rally and march down Market Street.

The event follows an increased Western military presence in the Persian Gulf and President Barack Obama’s comments during his recent State of the Union address warning Iran against developing its nuclear program.

“He said ‘no options are off the table’ in dealing with Iran that’s psychopathic!” said Cindy Sheehan, a well-known anti-war activist whose son died in the second Iraq war and who ran for Congress in 2008.

“It’s the military empire that’s in charge of this country this is a revolution, saying we’re sick and tired of your wars against humanity we’re sick and tired of your economic terrorism here at home,” she told the crowd this afternoon, earning cheers and applause.

Many protesters, including members of local Answer Coalition and Occupy chapters, carried signs bearing anti-war slogans such as “$ for jobs, homes, and healthcare, not more imperialistic war!” and “No War in Iran!”

Protesters also heard from several other peace activists, including former U.S. military analyst Daniel Ellsberg, who released the historic Pentagon Papers, a covert study on the U.S. government’s private Vietnam War policies.

Representing the group Women for Peace and Justice in Iran, Simin Royanian told protesters, “It is hopeful we are gathering here this peace march is walking even before one bomb has fallen on Iran.”

Shortly after 1 p.m., hundreds of activists marched from Powell and Market streets to United Nations Plaza, many toting anti-war signs and chanting, “No more wars!”

San Francisco resident Sharooz A., an Iranian man who declined to give his last name, said a war against his home country would mean “bombing innocent people” who have no control over their national government’s decisions.

Laura Dixon, Bay City News

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  • Soonerdiver

    For the ever present Miss Cindy… “Pack your bags and to camp out in Iran for a while! Let’s see how long your sorry a$$ would last in that country?” For the gentleman who didn’t want to give his name but worries about bombing innocent women and children; what about the support the Iranians are giving the Palestinians who are rocketing innocent Jewish women and children? Or is that alright according to the Koran?

    You people truly don’t have a clue what’s happening inside the borders of your own country let alone what is happening any where in the world!

  • Soonerdiver

    For the ever present Miss Cindy… “Pack your bags and to camp out in Iran for a while! Let’s see how long your sorry a$$ would last in that country?” For the gentleman who didn’t want to give his name but worries about bombing innocent women and children; what about the support the Iranians are giving the Palestinians who are rocketing innocent Jewish women and children? Or is that alright according to the Koran?

    You people truly don’t have a clue what’s happening inside the borders of your own country let alone what is happening any where in the world!

  • summerjustice

    At an October 29th conference held by my campaign in San Francisco???s Chinatown marking the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution, renowned economist and statesman Lyndon LaRouche first publicly warned, in stark terms, of the awful reality of a continued Obama presidency: thermonuclear World War III in the short term…

    http://summershields.com/node/44

  • summerjustice

    At an October 29th conference held by my campaign in San Francisco???s Chinatown marking the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution, renowned economist and statesman Lyndon LaRouche first publicly warned, in stark terms, of the awful reality of a continued Obama presidency: thermonuclear World War III in the short term…

    http://summershields.com/node/44

  • summerjustice

    At an October 29th conference held by my campaign in San Francisco???s Chinatown marking the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution, renowned economist and statesman Lyndon LaRouche first publicly warned, in stark terms, of the awful reality of a continued Obama presidency: thermonuclear World War III in the short term…

    http://summershields.com/node/44

  • summerjustice

    At an October 29th conference held by my campaign in San Francisco???s Chinatown marking the 100th anniversary of the Chinese Revolution, renowned economist and statesman Lyndon LaRouche first publicly warned, in stark terms, of the awful reality of a continued Obama presidency: thermonuclear World War III in the short term…

    http://summershields.com/node/44