World-Wide Demonstrations Against U.S. Aggression
September 29, 2003
On September 27-28, hundreds of thousands of people took to the streets in more than 40 countries to protest the U.S. occupation of Iraq and U.S.-backed Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people. The demonstrations were organized to correspond with the third anniversary of the start of the ongoing Palestinian intifada.
In London, over 100,000 people participated in a march from Hyde Park to Trafalgar Square, demanding an end to U.S.-British occupation of Iraq and supporting the Palestinian struggle. Banners denounced Bush and demanded: "U.K. Troops Out of Iraq." Recent public opinion polls show that the people of England have never been more united in their opposition to the U.S. and British occupation of Iraq.
In France, several thousand demonstrators marched through central Paris to protest the U.S. aggression and occupation in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere. They also called for an end to U.S.-Israeli aggression and occupation of Palestine.
In the Turkish capital of Ankara, over 5,000 people shouted slogans and unfurled banners to support the Palestinian struggle and to demand an end to the U.S.-led occupation of Iraq. The demonstrators demanded that Turkey not deploy any "peacekeeping" troops to Iraq. Thousands more gathered at a similar rally in Istanbul.
At a protest in Seoul, South Korea on September 27, several thousand people rallied and marched to oppose a U.S. request that South Korea send combat troops to Iraq.
Thousands also marched through the streets of Tokyo, Japan, demanding the withdrawal of U.S. forces from Iraq and opposing the planned dispatch of Japanese troops to the country.
In Nablus, the Gaza Strip and other Palestinian cities, thousands of people came into the streets, defying the occupying Israeli army, to express the determination of the Palestinians to carry their liberation struggle through to the end - until the establishment of an independent Palestinian state.
In the U.S. largescale actions were organized in several major cities including Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Diego, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Baltimore, New York City and elsewhere.
Anti-war marches and other actions were also organized in Algeria, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Belgium, Canada, Cyprus, Denmark, Egypt, Finland, Germany, Greece, India, Iran, Iraq, Ireland, Jordan, Lebanon, Macedonia, Mexico, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, the UAE, and other countries.
At all these demonstrations, in addition to opposing the occupation of Iraq and U.S.-backed Israeli occupation of Palestine, the people raised demands against the U.S. government's worldwide "war against terrorism." Banners, speakers and literature spoke out in support of the Korean people, the Colombian people, the Filipino people, and other peoples under attack from U.S. imperialism.
These actions show the growing isolation of the U.S. government and its war program.