un | 27.10.2002 11:47
In the US, the protests are being hailed as some of the largest in the country since US citizens took to the streets in the 1960s and 1970s to protest the Vietnam war.
Waving banners and chanting slogans, the protesters called on the US president to abandon plans to topple the Iraqi leader, Saddam Hussein, and to spend the billions of dollars needed for a military campaign on social programmes instead.
The US Congress has granted George W Bush the power to wage war on Iraq - with or without the approval of the United Nations
Germany was the scene of some of Europe's largest protests, with more than 80 cities holding rallies.
Tens of thousands of protesters took to the streets of San Francisco on October 26 to demand an end to Bush's wars. Estimates of the crowd size varied from forty thousand to over one hundred thousand.
After the main march to City Hall, an unpermitted break-away march continued the resistance in the streets while blaring music from the Coup on a mobile soundsystem.
It is bumper to bumper buses to the peace march in Washington D.C. on 10/26/02, some 2 hours after the rally has started!
I just heard this news on KPFA, 94.1 FM. It sounds like there are many hundreds of thousands in Washington, D.C.
The memory of the late Senator Paul Wellstone was invoked throughout the demonstration as conspiracy theories were discussed openly on local Seattle radio talkshows. Williamson told the protesters, “Don’t mourn – organize!”
Sounds like Mother Jones… Some people felt like weeping but most were inspired by the large numbers of participants and marched proudly through the downtown business district to the surprise of many motorists and pedestrians. The march was led by the Anti-Fascist Marching Band and included a group of school children carrying a huge globe of the earth on their backs.