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Global protests against the war

Issue No. 1835

'WORLD AGAINST the War'. That was the front-page headline of the Independent on Sunday after protests against Bush's planned war on Iraq swept the world last weekend. As well as in the US (see page 5), there were protests in many other countries.


UP TO 200,000 people took to the streets in 40 different towns and cities. The biggest protest was in Paris, where 20,000 marched. 'This was the biggest day of anti-war demonstrations in France since the last Gulf War in 1991,' says Nick Barrett in Paris.

'This is the beginning of a mass movement. The atmosphere has changed. There is growing public opinion against the war. Now we are organising for a national demo in Paris on Saturday 15 February.'

Rest of Europe

AROUND 20,000 protesters marched to a US base on the outskirts of Madrid.

Some 5,000 demonstrated in Rostock in eastern Germany, with smaller protests in other parts of Germany.

There were also 5,000 people on the streets of Florence in Italy. Another 4,000 marched in Rome.

Some 5,000 protested in Gothenburg, Sweden. 'It was a very lively and ethnically mixed march,' says Asa from Sweden.

Around 5,000 marched in Brussels in Belgium and 2,000 protested against Shannon airport in Ireland being used by the US air force to refuel planes.


TENS OF thousands of people voiced their resistance to war on Iraq. Some 25,000 protested in Montreal, 20,000 in both Vancouver and Toronto, 15,000 in Halifax and 3,000 in Ottawa, and thousands more in smaller towns.

Middle East

THERE WAS a protest of 4,000 people in Beirut in Lebanon. The left wing Labour MP George Galloway joined the demonstration outside the UN offices.

In Cairo, Egypt, over 1,000 protesters faced off with riot police as they called for no war against Iraq and for Egypt's government to refuse to allow the US to use the Suez Canal. Thousands of Palestinians protested in the West Bank towns of Jenin and Tulkarm.


THERE WERE more demonstrations in Pakistan on 17 and 18 January than for many years. In the city of Karachi alone there were five protests in the city centre. These were organised by left wing political parties, trade unionists and non-governmental organisations.

There were also marches of 2,000 in Ankara in Turkey and a similar number in Christchurch, New Zealand.

All of these countries, and many others, will see powerful protests again on the global day of action against war on 15 February.

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Sat 25 Jan 2003, 00:00 GMT
Issue No. 1835
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