An amazing 2000 people turned out to let Condoleeza Rice, Jack Straw et al know that Liverpudlians don't want to be nice & hospitable to a high-ranking representative of an imperialist aggressor, responsible for the needless tragic deaths of a hundred thousand Iraqis, two thousand-plus of their own soldiers, and hundreds of British soldiers. Not to mention the continued detention without trial of British men, along with hundreds of others, in Guantanamo Bay, and the deliberate rendition of prisoners for torture in countries with terrible human rights records.
There was a huge amount of energy, good humour and determination in the crowd. Banners made every possible word play on Beatles references and 'Rice'. A sound system blasted out "Give Peace a Chance", Steve Earle "The Revolution Starts Now" and the Star Wars theme. Even after Ms Rice entered, many of the crowd stayed around, and were even joined by latecomers.
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Crowds gather on the steps of the Metropolitan Cathedral
Road blocked off
Local bar The Magnet says no to war
Police surround the Philharmonic Hall
Fearless solo protest: "Moral Picket Line - Do Not Cross"
Nervous guests arrive at the Phil behind police lines
Gathering on the cathedral steps
Speeches over, we start to march to the Philharmonic
Hope Street jampacked with protestors
Starting them young!
Bush waves a mudstreaked Stars & Stripes
An old'un but a good'un
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