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Holocaust evoked at rally for Darfur
05/03/2006 Ed Langlois

Several thousand protestors gathered in Portland’s Pioneer Square Sunday to remind Oregonians that they cannot stand by during the ongoing genocide in Sudan’s Darfur region.

“Today we promise not to let the sounds of hate continue to ring through our world, never again to need to set aside a day to remember pain and lives wasted because we did not act,â€? said Mary Jo Tully, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Portland, addressing the crowd along with other religious and human rights leaders.

In Sudan Sunday, the government and rebels negotiated to end a conflict and refugee crisis that in the space of three years has left an estimated 400,000 dead and 2 million driven from their homes. An insurgency has faced off with the Arab-led government and government-backed militia known as the Janjaweed. Those little-controlled marauders are blamed for much of the raping and killing of innocents.

Tully and others evoked the specter of the Holocaust in calling for Americans and the U.S. government to step-up pressure to bring peace to Darfur