AROUND 15,000 people protested in Rome on Monday against the war. The protest was called by COBAS, the trade union organisation, and left wing political party Rifondazione. Also in Italy, in Milan 5,000 protested, while around 2,000 people joined demonstrations in Naples.
Around 5,000 protested in the Greek city of Athens. There were also protests in Paris, some 50 German cities, Tokyo in Japan, Calcutta in India, Johannesburg in South Africa, Austria, South Korea, Denmark, Belfast and elsewhere.
On Sunday and Monday two days of protest against the war took place in New York. Thousands marched with a banner saying 'Our grief is not a cry for war'.
PROTESTS WERE organised across Britain after Bush and Blair began their bombing raids. In LONDON up to 2,000 people protested in Trafalgar Square and Downing Street.
In GLASGOW 1,000 people joined a vigil in George Square, and around 200 marched to the Ministry of Defence building to support people who had chained themselves to a balcony. Some 240 people attended a meeting after the vigil in Pollockshields. Around 300 people joined vigils in both SHEFFIELD and BIRMINGHAM.
There were also vigils and protests in Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Manchester, Bristol, Leeds, Nelson, Burnley, Bradford, Cardiff, Newcastle, Northampton, Luton, St Albans, Watford, Brighton, Milton Keynes, Wolverhampton, Telford, York, Walsall, Newport, Swansea and Bridgend.
The ally on drugs
MINISTERS AND the media have pumped out pro-war propaganda about the Taliban being responsible for the trade in heroin from Afghanistan.
But the United Nations office for drug control and crime prevention said on Friday of last week that most of the Afghan poppy harvest for heroin production was in areas controlled by the West's favoured group, the Northern Alliance.