Group protests U.S. involvement in Iraq, Syria

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Carlos Morales holds a sign along Elm Street in Manchester, protesting U.S. involvement in Syria and Iraq.
Carlos Morales, a Free-Stater who recently moved from North Carolina to Manchester,  holds a sign along Elm Street in Manchester, protesting U.S. involvement in Syria and Iraq.

A group of about 20 protestors took their anti-war message to the streets of Manchester, assembling along Elm Street Saturday with signs.

The protest, organized by, says they oppose “imperialism” as described as U.S. political involvement in Syria and Iraq.

According to the group’s website:

“…devoted to the cause of non-interventionism and is read by libertarians, pacifists, leftists, “greens,” and independents alike, as well as many on the Right who agree with our opposition to imperialism. Our initial project was to fight against intervention in the Balkans under the Clinton presidency. We applied the same principles to Clinton’s campaigns in Haiti and Kosovo and bombings of Sudan and Afghanistan. Our politics are libertarian: our opposition to war is rooted in Randolph Bourne’s concept that “War is the health of the State.” With every war, America has made a “great leap” into statism, and as Bourne emphasized, “it is during war that one best understands the nature of that institution [the State].” At its core, that nature includes an ever increasing threat to individual liberty and the centralization of political power…

You can read more about the group’s mission here.

Among the protestors was Carlos Morales, who has recently moved to Manchester from North Carolina as part of the Free State Project, known for its push to bring 20,000 “liberty-minded” people to New Hampshire. Why New Hampshire? The group says they targeted the Granite State for its “low regulation and no state sales or income tax,” as well as its large citizen legislature.

The FSP says they are about 75 percent to their goal of 20,000 recruits, and that their only goal is “to gather enough people in one place to make a real difference. How they do that is then up to them.”

Morales, who says he is a self-proclaimed whistleblower and former Child Protective Services investigator, is founder of, a website targeting CPS. protest on Elm Street, Oct. 4, 2014. protest on Elm Street, Oct. 4, 2014.
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