World-Wide Anti-War Protests
March 25, 2004
On March 20, one year after the U.S. invasion of Iraq, millions of people worldwide participated in an international day of protest.
100,000 people demonstrate in New York City, March 20
In the U.S., anti-war protests and rallies took place in over 300 cities from coast-to-coast. In New York, more than 100,000 people turned out for a march that stretched for over 45 city blocks throughout midtown Manhattan. In San Francisco, 50,000 people marched to the Civic Center. In Los Angeles, 10,000 people rallied at Hollywood and Vine, while in Chicago 5,000 turned out for a march and rally downtown despite widespread police intimidation and threats. Large protests also took place in scores of other cities, including Seattle, Portland, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Houston, Ann Arbor, St. Paul, and Crawford, TX.
On March 19, tens of thousands of Iraqis demonstrated in Baghdad, defying the U.S. occupationist troops, and demanding "No to the Occupation!"
In Europe, a sea of Italian anti-war demonstrators (estimated at 2 million people) took to the streets in Rome, Italy. As many as 100,000 people took part in protests in London. In Greece, 10,000 protesters marched on the U.S. embassy in Athens. In Paris, over 2,500 marched, while in Spain hundreds of thousands marched (in over 50 separate protests) against the war while demanding the return of all Spanish troops from Iraq. Over 150,000 marched in Barcelona alone.
In Japan, an estimated 120,000 protested across the country, including two rallies in Tokyo that each drew about 30,000 people.
Anti-war protests and rallies also took place in Belgium, Norway, Switzerland, the Czech Republic, Sweden, Poland, Finland, Ukraine, Denmark, Jordan, Bahrain, South Korea, Thailand, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Egypt, Australia and South Africa.
During the protests, 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. In the U.S., people also spoke out against the militarization of the country and the government's growing fascism, especially its racist attacks on immigrants, Arab-Americans and Muslims.
These demonstrations are part of a growing international front against U.S. imperialism and its war program. They are vivid proof that the people are determined to defeat imperialism and bring into being a world of peace and friendship, a world without colonialism, racism, domination and exploitation.