In the last few weeks, anti-Bush sentiment has been growing across the country. Last Thursday in Portland, Maine a demonstration against the war in Iraq was met with fourteen arrests and police violence. Protesters took to the streets during presidential visits to Flagstaff, Phoenix, Houston and Trenton, New Jersey. Over 3,500 people in Denver protested Bush’s visit there and last week on the same day he was met with protests in Houston, Texas.
And across the globe, anti-war resistance is gaining momentum. This last weekend in Rome, 100,000 thousand protested the war on Iraq. Another massive demonstration is planned for November 8th in Florence.
And in Cairo tens of thousands took to the streets to protest US militarism. Similar actions took place in Berlin, Madrid, Dublin, Sydney and New Zealand.
On Saturday, September 28, the largest peace demonstration in Britain since the Vietnam War took place in London’s Hyde Park. The Independent Media Center is reporting that up to a half a million people demonstrated against the war in Iraq. The march was marked with banners, puppets, music and noise brigades and protesters burned effigies of Bush, Blair and Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Among the many people who spoke were Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector to Iraq, Ken Livingstone, Mayor of London and British MP George Galloway. The massive opposition focused particularly on British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s persistent support for US militarism.
- George Galloway, British MP.
- Salma Yacoob, Stop the War Coordinator, Birmingham.
- Ken Livingstone, London mayor.
- John Pilger, journalist, filmmaker.
- Scott Ritter, former UN weapons inspector.