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2001-10-08

Thousands of People in New York and Students Around the Country Protest US and British Attacks in Spite of a Media Blackout

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In New York around ten thousand gathered to march from Union Square park to Times Square yesterday, calling for an end to the military attacks on Afghanistan. A broad New York anti-war coalition called the demonstration several weeks ago in anticipation of US retaliation against the attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. But yesterday morning, after the announcement that the US and Britain had begun attacks on targets in Afghanistan, the demonstration took on a new urgency. Carrying signs with messages like "Justice not vengeance" and "No retaliation"the demonstrators somberly chanted and sang as they marched uptown. Demonstrators stood in the cold air in the center of Times Square to hear the words of Nobel Peace laureates and peace activists. We go now to the words of Mairead McGuire, a Nobel Peace Prize winner from Northern Ireland, and Adolfo Perez Esquival, a Nobel Peace Prize winner fromArgentina.

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  • Mairead McGuire, Nobel Peace Prize winner from Northern Ireland.
  • Adolfo Perez Esquival, Nobel Peace Prize winner from Argentina.

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