Independent news has never been so important.

Did you know that you can get Democracy Now! delivered to your inbox every day? Sign up for our Daily News Digest today! Don't worry, we'll never share or sell your information.

400,000 Protestors Demonstrate in Britain: Labor Mp George Galloway, Filmmaker John Pilger, Former UN Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter, London Mayor and Others Address Crowd

Media Options


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.

Related links:

Related Story

StorySep 13, 2016Rep. Barbara Lee: Repeal 9/11 Authorization for Use of Force to Cancel Blank Check for Endless War
The original content of this program is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works 3.0 United States License. Please attribute legal copies of this work to Some of the work(s) that this program incorporates, however, may be separately licensed. For further information or additional permissions, contact us.

Non-commercial news needs your support

We rely on contributions from our viewers and listeners to do our work.
Please do your part today.
Make a donation