(No to war in Iraq – no blood for oil!) [38], The British Stop the War Coalition (StWC) claimed the protest in London was the largest political demonstration in the city's history. [4], The proposed war was controversial with many people questioning the motives of the US government and its rationale. The march took over 3 hours to cross the city. This meeting was attended by delegates from many European anti-war organisations, the US group United for Peace and Justice, and representatives of groups from the Philippines. However, a week before the march, police claimed that they would not be able to ensure order and District Court Judge Barbara Jones ruled against allowing the route. The Anti-War Coalition (AWC) is a coalition of South African anti-war activists. One United Arab Emirates newspaper Al Bayan led with the statement: "The people of the world and more than one million Europeans demonstrate against an attack on Iraq while the Arab people and their leaders are in a deep coma. The demonstration ended at the US embassy at Jalan Tun Razak. Researchers from the University of Antwerp claim that the day was possible only because it "was carefully planned by an international network of national social movement organisations. It was organized by a wide range of organizations including the Communist Party of Israel, the National Democratic Assembly, the Arab Democratic Party, the Independent Media Center, the Alternative Information Center, Ta'ayush, the Gush Shalom movement, and the Organization for Democratic Action. A few thousand people had already gathered in Hyde Park, the destination of both marches, where a rally was later held. The February 15 Worldwide Protests against a War in Iraq: An Empirical Test of Transnational Opportunities. Three former Portuguese prime ministers were in attendance. However, the protest ended early when it rained heavily. All police leave in the capital was cancelled for the event, though Scotland Yard later said that it passed off almost without incident.[44]. Gun Crime - Fact And Fiction. [76], On the Saturday protests also took place in Australia's six state capitals with 200,000 protesters (BBC estimate) demonstrating in Sydney, and an estimated 600,000 demonstrating in cities around the country. [51] Tariq Ali, one of the speakers in February 2003, said at the tenth anniversary: "I didn’t quite tell them 'Blair is going to go to war regardless of today' but I knew that". [21], The biggest demonstration of the global day of protest took place in Italy in Rome. Toddlers. There were protests in 70 cities in total. [citation needed] The police began the march earlier than intended on safety grounds because of the number of people who had arrived in central London. [14], Beyond the capitals, many major cities and towns around Australia had protests. They initially had some problems getting permission for the action, but on the Thursday before, a U.S. District court ruled that the planned nude protest was legal at the public beach. [62], There was some controversy over Rabbi Michael Lerner not being selected as a speaker for the rally at the end of the demonstration. [18] Anti war website antiwar.com reports that 8,000-14,000 people were present at protests in Luxembourg, however they do not provide a citation for this figure. According to GR's Chris Nineham, "There was considerable controversy. [19] The city of Oviedo had a population of 180,000 and a turnout of 100,000. A report by Asef Bayat in the Middle East Report suggests that "the Arab governments allow little room for independent dissent" as is shown by the fact that "Since 2000, demands for collective protests against the US and Israel have been ignored by the authorities" and "unofficial street actions have faced intimidation and assault, with activists being harassed or detained". The Stop the War Coalition (StWC) (informally just Stop the War) is a United Kingdom group set up on 21 September 2001 that campaigns against what it believes are unjust wars.. The coalition has opposed the wars that are part of the so-called " War on Terror " of the Western nations. [17], In Israel there was a demonstration in Tel Aviv of approximately 2,000 (USA Today estimate) to 3,000 people (GLW and WSWS estimate). [18] and about 25,000 in Gothenburg. "This is an American president who uses the death penalty with complete abandon and disregard for any respect for life. Stop the War condemns the bombing attacks on the people of Douma in Syria, including alleged chemical attacks. A second march started in Gower Street, central London, and met with the first at Picadilly Circus. [14][21][55], Canada saw protests in 70 cities and towns (WSWS estimate). [34][48], RadioVague in conjunction with the now defunct CableRadio broadcast speeches, music and interviews from the event to the internet throughout the day using a satellite uplink provided by Psand.net. Croatia also saw protests in Osijek, Vukovar, Knin, Zadar, Šibenik, Split and Dubrovnik. Firstly he claimed that it was too soon to judge the long-term significance of the demonstrations noting that "People who took part in the non-cooperation campaigns in India in the 20s and 30s had to wait a long time for independence." [57] According to Donna Lieberman, executive director of the New York City Civil Liberties Union, judicial denial of a permit for a protest march was an unprecedented restriction of civil liberties, as marching and parading through streets to express various points-of-view is "a time-honoured tradition in our country that lies at the core of the First Amendment". "So if people imagine one demonstration is going to change everything of course that's wrong, but demos, protests, social organisation, trade union organisation, political organisation – all these things are part of the process by which things are going to shift. The Stop the War Coalition (StWC), informally just Stop the War, is an anti-war group set up on 21 September 2001. [5] One poll which covered 41 countries claimed that less than 10% would support an invasion of Iraq without UN sanction and that half would not support an invasion under any circumstances. [72], In Cape Town 5,000 (USA Today estimate) to 20,000 protesters (WSWS estimate) joined a demonstration march which started at 10 in the morning on Keizersgracht road and ended at the offices of the US consulate-general which was guarded by a ring of riot police, where there was a rally with speakers. The group has campaigned against the wars that are part of the "War on Terror" of the United States and its allies.It has campaigned against the war in Afghanistan and the Iraq War. [18], Protests took place across South America including Uruguay, where their protest took place on the day before 15 February, Friday. Other witnesses, such as Milan Rai, are of the opposite opinion: "We achieved a lot, and a hell of a lot more than we realise". Many streets were blocked off and protesters reported feeling hemmed in and scared. 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