Millions protest against Iraq invasion worldwide
Marking the first anniversary of the invasion of Iraq demonstrators took to the streets in almost every major city in the world. From 50 people in East Timor to 175 people in Fayetteville Arkansas, from 100,000 in Madrid to one million in the streets of Rome, millions of people around the world have demonstrated their opposition to George Bush's war and the continued occupation of Iraq. The call went out for the people of the United States, Britain, Australia and all the other member countries of the "Coalition of the Killing" to work on "regime change" in their countries. There were protests in Belgium, Portugal, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Greece (15,000 in Athens), Poland, Germany, Hungary, Cuba, Egypt, Seoul, Tokyo, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Brazil and many other countries. At least a million people marched through Rome. "Your War is Dead", said one placard. From San Francisco to Sydney, Tokyo and the Philippines, demonstrators accused the Bush administration of making the world a more dangerous place. In London 25,000 activists marched through the city with slogans such as "Anti-Bush, Anti-Blair, Anti-war!". Anti-war protestors climbed the Big Ben clock tower with the message "Time For The Truth". In Madrid people continued to point the finger of blame — for the train bombing that killed more than 200 people on March 11 — at the ousted conservative Government and its commitment to the US war. A Barcelona protester said: "The government took the country to war, but it was ordinary people who got hurt and killed by the terrorists." In the US demonstrations took place in up to 200 cities across the country, including New York (50,000), Chicago, Los Angeles and San Francisco. One placard summed it up: "Bush Lied, Thousands Died, Bring Our Troops Home".