Worldwide Protests Against U.S. War Plans
January 21, 2003
On January 18, hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. -- and over a million people worldwide -- demonstrated in opposition to U.S. war plans in Iraq.
In the U.S., the largest protest took place in Washington D.C., where hundreds of thousands of people (at least a quarter of a million by many estimates) participated in an anti-war rally on the National Mall. In a march to the Washington Navy Yards in the afternoon, a sea of people stretched along the two-mile march route, displaying colorful posters and banners and filling the air with drumbeats and anti-war demands and slogans.
On the other side of the country, in San Francisco, over 100,000 people took part in a massive march. In Portland, 20,000 people marched through downtown.
Numerous protests were also held in scores of other U.S. cities in almost every state in the nation. Everywhere demonstrators took to the streets demanding -- "No War on Iraq!"
People also raised demands against U.S. imperialism's "international war against terrorism" and spoke out in defense of the sovereignty of countries and the right of every people to determine their own affairs free of imperialist interference. Banners and literature denounced U.S. pressure against North Korea and the Korean people and supported the struggles of the peoples in Palestine, Colombia, the Philippines and elsewhere. People also spoke out against the nonstop militarization of the country and the government's growing fascism, especially its racist attacks on immigrants, Arab-Americans and Moslems.
Around the world, demonstrations took place in over 30 countries, including largescale protests in Japan, France, Turkey, Russia, Canada, Italy, Germany, Pakistan, India, Britain, Norway, Sweden, China, and the Netherlands.
In Egypt, thousands turned out demanding that U.S. warships not be allowed to pass through the Suez Canal. In Ireland, demonstrators demanded that Shannon airport not be used to refuel U.S. warplanes. Other international demonstrations also targeted U.S. bases, insisting they not be used for war against Iraq.
These demonstrations once again testify to the will of the American people. Like people the world over, we ardently desire a world of peace and friendship. As the U.S. government continues to defy the will of the people and remain on the warpath, the people have no choice but to further organize in opposition to and struggle against the parties of war and imperialism.
Only the Peoples Can Stop the War!