An anti-war march and demonstration was held Saturday in downtown Los Angeles calling on the U.S. to not go to warfare with Iran and to drag troops out of the Center East.

The demonstration held in Pershing Sq. got here in response to the latest U.S. killing of a prime Iranian commander in Baghdad, which has elevated tensions between the US and Iran. A minimum of 200 folks held up indicators equivalent to “No Conflict or sanctions on Iran…” and “U.S. out of Iraq.”

Protesters additionally marched via downtown Los Angeles, chanting “No extra warfare.”

The demonstration was simply considered one of many held around the globe Saturday as a part of an anti-war motion. In Los Angeles, the occasion was put collectively by the ANSWER Coalition, Code Pink and Veterans for Peace.

“For all who imagine in peace, for all who’re against one more catastrophic warfare, now’s the time to take motion,” a press release from the coalition learn.

No arrests have been reported by the Los Angeles Police Division, considered one of many regulation enforcement businesses which were on alert because the killing of Gen. Qassem Suleimani, the top of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ elite Quds Pressure, a U.S.-designated International Terrorist Group. Iran vowed revenge for Suleimani’s dying.

“Whereas there isn’t a credible risk to Los Angeles, LAPD…will proceed to speak with state, native, federal and worldwide regulation enforcement companions relating to any vital intel that will develop,” the division mentioned on Twitter. “This Division is dedicated to making sure the protection of our vibrant and numerous group, and we ask each Angeleno to say one thing for those who see one thing.”

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Kathleen Schwartz and her umbrella be part of the protest.

(Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Instances)

Suleimani was killed in a U.S. airstrike at Baghdad’s worldwide airport Friday. The deputy head of Iraqi Common Mobilization Forces, an Iran-backed paramilitary power, was additionally killed.

The Pentagon mentioned that Suleimani “was actively creating plans to assault American diplomats and repair members in Iraq and all through the area.” However the particular targets have been unclear and officers declined to explain the proof that backed up their evaluation.

“This strike was aimed toward deterring future Iranian assault plans,” in keeping with a press release by the Division of Protection.