Demonstrations Against U.S. Occupation

July 6, 2003

On July 4, an estimated 5,000 demonstrators protested President Bush's visit to Philadelphia to open the U.S. Constitution Center.

The demonstrators marched in the streets and then gathered in front of City Hall, demanding and end to the occupation of Iraq and to the suppression of democratic rights in the name of the "war on terrorism."

In recent days, other similar anti-war protests have taken place.

On the morning of June 27, for example, over two thousand people in San Francisco turned out to protest Bush during a reelection fund-raising appearance. That evening, over 10,000 rallied in Los Angeles to protest another Bush fund-raising campaign stop. Reports indicate that thousands booed and heckled the wealthy doners, who paid a minimum $2000 to attend, as they pulled up to the hotel entrance in their limos. The over-whelming demand of the protestors was to end the occupation of Iraq.

On June 23, thousands of anti-war protestors also demonstrated against the occupation in New York City.