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    Half a million expected in London alone, the biggest demonstrations in Australia since the Vietnam war, and protests in places that are far flung and remote. Hopefully this will be a historic global protest that will make the few governments that support war realise the sentiments of the vast majority of the world's people.

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    World gears up for anti-war protests

    Millions of people around the globe are expected to take part in a series of protests against the prospect of a US-led military invasion of Iraq. More than 500,000 people are expected to march in London
    Two of the largest demonstrations are to be held in New York and London, where more than half a million people are expected to attend a rally which culminates in Hyde Park.

    Protests are also planned in Berlin, Paris, Rome, Cape Town, Athens, Tokyo, Dublin, San Francisco, Amsterdam and Toronto against increasing moves towards a war to rid Baghdad of its alleged weapons of mass destruction and unseat Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. New Zealand saw one of Saturday's first protests, with environmental pressure group Greenpeace flying a plane over Auckland harbour, where the Americas Cup began on Saturday, trailing a banner stating "No War, Peace Now".

    Novel protests

    In London, organisers are confidently predicting what could be the country's largest anti-war protest. UK Prime Minister Tony Blair has suffered a fall in popularity following his staunch support of US plans to launch military action against Saddam Hussein. Several high profile speakers are expected in London. "We believe that the London demonstration will be one of the biggest and the most pivotal because the British Government is actively involved in the build up to war and the British people definitely do not want war," said Stop The War UK leader Andrew Murray. Speakers at the rally in Hyde Park will include Charles Kennedy, leader of Britain's second-biggest opposition party and US activist Jesse Jackson.

    In New York a protest is scheduled to commence at 1200 local time (1700GMT) near the United Nations headquarters - the currently scene of intense diplomatic discussions following Friday's report by UN Chief weapons inspector Hans Blix. Celebrities and activists such as Susan Sarandon, Danny Glover, South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu and black activist Angela Davis will be attending the demonstration. And they be joined by some families of the victims of the attack on the World Trade Centre, marching as "9/11 Families for Peace." In Rome more than one million people are expected to attend an anti-war protest. In Asia, weekend protests are planned for Tokyo, Bangkok and Hong Kong, as well as around India and Pakistan, where the country's Anti-War Committee, a coalition of labour and political groups, said it had protests planned for 20 cities across the country. Anti-war activists in Turkey are calling on fellow citizens to simultaneously turn off all lights at 2000 local time (2200 GMT) as a novel sign of support for anti-war sentiment.

    Melbourne protest

    Anti-war feeling has even reached the tiny South Pacific island nation of Fiji, where an anti-war group has sent floral messages to foreign embassies urging them to put pressure on the US and its allies to avoid war. Some countries held rallies on Friday in anticipation of the weekend's protest. In Melbourne, around 150,000 people took to the streets to protest against a possible war, in the biggest peace protest in Australia since anti-Vietnam War demonstrations 30 years ago. The rally started with the sound of mock air raid sirens, symbolising air attacks on Baghdad, with participants carrying placards reading "No blood for oil", and "Don't bomb Iraq". And further rallies are planned across the country in Perth, Hobart and Canberra on Saturday, followed on Sunday by others in Brisbane, Darwin, Adelaide and Sydney.

    If you are attending any of these protest, make sure to print one of these protest posters .
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      Re: World gears up for anti-war protests

      Originally posted by Malik73:
      the biggest demonstrations in Australia since the Vietnam war
      About 200,000 anti-americans in Melbourne only.
      I am only responsible for what I say, not for what you understand.


        Just been at the London March... absolutely tremendous and historic event. The organisers expected 500,000 to turn out, but that number has been far exceeded Police said initial estimates indicated 750,000 had marched, while organisers continue put the figure closer to two million.

        From the non-stop rush of people that I have seen I would think the final figure will be well over a million.


          Sadly, the march will be completely useless. Saddam has to be removed and only the US can remove him.


            There was a FANTASTIC turnout today in many major cities of the world. The Organisers state that London had almost 2 MILLION people from all walks of life march against the war. I was fortunate enough to see the march and it was so emotional seeing so many ordinary people expressing their feelings about war. I think it sent a POWERFUL message to the war mongers that the People WILL not tolerate another war which will kill thousands of Iraqi civilians. This is just the start, there will be dozens of marches and protests in the coming days.


              This is absolutely Beautiful


                March of millions in 600 cities The Age News, Australia

                February 16 2003

                More than ten million people were expected to take to the streets in 600 cities yesterday as part of global demonstrations against a war in Iraq. The marches were expected to be the largest ever for a single cause and greater than at the height of the Vietnam War in the '60s.

                Last night London was celebrating peace, as politicians, poets, musicians, trade unionists and actors came together to lead debates and concerts. But protest organisers raised the stakes by calling on people to stage thousands of impromptu demonstrations, sit-ins, walkouts, strikes, vigils and acts of civil disobedience as soon as hostilities started.

                Large crowds were expected in New York, while protesters in Rome said they expected more than a million people to attend a weekend peace march. In New Zealand, about 14,000 protested in Wellington and Auckland. The Auckland protest created traffic chaos with yachting's America's Cup also taking place and thousands of fans attracted to vantage points around the harbour.

                The environmental organisation Greenpeace flew over the America's Cup village towing a large banner behind an aircraft, reading "No War, Peace Now". And in Bangkok about 2000 people rallied in front of the US and British embassies. The protesters, most of them Thai muslims carrying anti-American banners, gathered at the US embassy in central Bangkok, blocking traffic for about 90 minutes.

                In Australia, about 16,000 activists gathered in Canberra, three times more than organisers had expected. "It is an overwhelming success... and it points to the fact politics is made by common people and not by a handful of politicians," said Rick Kuhn, a spokesman for ACT NOW, the organiser. In Sydney, two activists from a opposition party scaled an awning of a prominent building around the site of the U.S. consulate-general to unfurl a banner that read, "No US Oil War - The Greens".


                  As millions marched in London and other big cities in the UK, another 1 million marched in Rome, Italy, and Half a million in Berlin, Germany, while many many millions more in some 600 cities across the world

                  Unprecedented and historic!!


                    Originally posted by Dil he Pakistani:
           was so emotional seeing so many ordinary people expressing their feelings about war.
                    It was indeed.
                    There was an anti-war demonstration in Tel Aviv today as well, in which 3,000 Jews and Arabs marched together - a "rare sign of unity" according to the BBC. According to this article, "Jewish men in skullcaps marched alongside Arab women in headscarfs holding banners and placards reading 'Israelis against Bush's war' and 'War is not the answer'."

                    Virtually every corner of the world witnessed a protest of varying size and intensity - Madrid, New Zealand, virtually every province in Canada, New York, Chicago, San Francisco, United Kingdom, South Africa, Scotland, Damascus, Seoul, Malaysia, Thailand, Greece, Berlin, Rome, Belgium, Buenos Aires, Rio de Janeiro, Mexico City, Guatemala, 150 US cities... the list literally goes on and on. Proof, perhaps, if ever it was necessary, of genuine democracy in action.


                      Originally posted by Dil he Pakistani:
                      it was so emotional seeing so many ordinary people expressing their feelings about war.
                      This line perfectly describes the anti-war crowd. Emotion not logic.


                        Originally posted by Imdad Ali: This line perfectly describes the anti-war crowd. Emotion not logic.
                        i love the way millions and millions of diverse individuals who were protesting in each corner of the globe, are so conveniently stereotyped in one neat, tidy statement. From Jews to Spaniards to South Africans to Torontonians to New Yorkers to Mexicans to Brits to Scots - just stereotype the whole lot of 'em.

                        i truly learn something new each day. Bahaut khoob.


                          Neglected to mention that if anyone is interested in seeing some of the pictures from today's protest (as well as previous ones), click here to access the excellent thread started by Mushi in one of the Image Forums.


                            Originally posted by Nadia_H:

                            i truly learn something new each day. Bahaut khoob.
                            I'm glad.

                            What kind of people do you think who show up at such protests around the world? Emotional and young people who think by their hearts not their brains. Yes, it is a generalization, but history has shown it is a very accurate generalization.


                              Originally posted by Imdad Ali:
                              ...history has shown it is a very accurate generalization.
                              Forgive me, but your specific proof for this is...?

                              Yes, it is a generalization, but...

                              So you are in agreement that generalizations are useful and accurate? How about the generalization that all Muslim males are wife-beaters, oppressive, domineering, obnoxious, and loud-mouthed - stereotypes all of which i have had several nonMuslims state infront of myself.

                              Generalizations are just that - generalizations. IMHO relying upon them to 'validate' one's point, is an extremely weak foundation to base your argument upon.