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Hundreds of Thousands Take to the Streets to Protest War Starting Just Hours After the War Starts: We Go Sydney, London and Washington

StoryMarch 20, 2003
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More than 500 communities throughout the US are organizing protests for today. Activists are calling for nationwide walkouts, strikes and protests.

Yesterday, dozens of people were arrested in Washington while staging anti war protests in the nation’s capitol. Over 200 demonstrators marched from a park near the white house to war secretary Donald Rumsfeld’s house in northwest Washington.

In Boston, police arrested 36 people in two anti-war protests at a federal building and outside the Boston Stock Exchange

During a midday march to the United Nations in New York, 45 anti-war demonstrators were taken into custody and charged with disorderly conduct.

And Reuters reports that a wave of anti-war protests rolled across Europe and the Middle East after the opening salvos of the war against Iraq.

Barely three hours after the first U.S. missiles struck Baghdad, a crowd that organizers put at 40,000 and which police said numbered "tens of thousands" brought Australia’s second largest city, Melbourne, to a standstill.

In Germany, 50,000 school students marched in Berlin.

In Britain, activists are calling on workers to stage a mass walkout from offices and colleges around the country.

  • Bruce Childs, protest organizer in Sydney Australia.
  • Matt Bradley, WPFW reporter speaking from Washington where protesters blocked a main bridge.
  • Andrew Burgin, organizer with the British group Stop the War speaking from a London demonstration.
  • Jenn Carr, organizer with United for Peace and Justice.

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