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Opposition grows across the world

Issue No. 1768

UNITED STATES: On just one day last week there were anti-war protests on 146 campuses. Two days earlier 2,600 people had protested in Portland. The University of California in Berkley was at the forefront of the protests. Over 3,000 people attended the demonstration there. A national demonstration in Washington was planned for Saturday of this week.

ITALY: Over 10,000 people protested in the Italian capital, Rome, against the war, and there were protests in many other cities.

AUSTRALIA: A militant 500-strong anti-war rally took place in Sydney. Nearly 500 people attended a peace rally in Canberra, 300 in Melbourne and 2,000 in Adelaide.

GERMANY: Over 5,000 school students protested last week against the war. Some 3,000 joined a demonstration in Hamburg, 6,000 in Kassel and 1,500 in Stuttgart. About 1,100 protested in the university town of Freiburg on Saturday. Some 500 had joined a school students' protest the week before. Ilse and Richard Grubitz, aged 85 and 87, joined an anti-war protest in Berlin at the weekend. Richard said, 'I was a solider for six years during the Second World War. On the first day our company had 61 dead and 60 injured. I have seen what war is. It was mass murder.'

SPAIN: About 500 people joined an anti-war rally on Friday of last week. There are plans for demonstrations in many cities across Spain on Saturday of this week.

AUSTRIA: Over 500 people protested in Vienna two days after the destruction of the World Trade Centre. The following Wednesday a teach-in drew over 150 people.

IRELAND: Some 250 people attended a meeting against the war in Belfast just three days after the destruction of the World Trade Centre. Another 250 came to a meeting in the small town of Galway on the same night.

LONDON: Over 4,000 people joined an anti-war vigil on Saturday afternoon outside Downing Street in London. There were school students and people who had never been on a demonstration before, as well as pensioners and veterans of the peace movement. Many carried signs saying 'Shoulder to shoulder for peace and justice'. Terry Bowler, a student said, 'I have just started college, and I want to get involved in the issues about the IMF, the World Bank and Third World debt. But this is the armed wing of globalisation. We have got to stop the war.'

GLASGOW: OVER 1,000 people joined an anti-war rally in Glasgow's George Square at lunchtime last Saturday. Kenny Ross of the Strathclyde FBU firefighters' union was one of the speakers. His union branch has donated £100,000 to the families of the firefighters killed in New York-and also opposes the war. Tommy Sheridan, socialist member of the Scottish Parliament, also spoke.

MANCHESTER: Over 400 anti-war protesters marched through the city last Saturday. BIRMINGHAM: Over 300 people joined a vigil in Victoria Square in Birmingham last Saturday. EDINBURGH: About 200 people joined an anti-war vigil on the steps of St Giles Cathederal on Friday of last week. PORTSMOUTH: Up to 180 people joined an anti-war protest last Saturday. CITY AND ISLINGTON SIXTH FORM COLLEGE, LONDON: Around 120 students and staff met to discuss opposition to the war at the north London college on Wednesday of last week. LEEDS: Over 150 people attended an anti-war rally last Saturday. There were also protests last week in BRADFORD, TODMORDEN, HEBDEN BRIDGE, SHEFFIELD, NEWCASTLE, SWANSEA, CARDIFF, MILTON KEYNES, BRIGHTON and CAMBRIDGE.

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Sat 29 Sep 2001, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1768
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