U. S. Troops, Out of Iraq Now!

March 27, 2006

On March 18-19, the 3rd anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, tens of thousands of people in more than 500 U.S. cities came out in anti-war protests, demanding: "U.S. troops, Out of Iraq, Now!" Internationally, protests were held in scores of cities from Europe to Australia.

On the West Coast, 20,000 people came out in Los Angeles. Another 25,000 demonstrated in San Francisco. On 3/19, in Portland, 10,000 protested, taking an hour to pass through downtown streets.

In Chicago, several thousand protesters took part in an afternoon rally and an evening march.

Other U.S. cities where large protests were held included Seattle, New York, Boston, Fayetteville, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, Reno, Trenton, and New Orleans.

In addition to opposing the occupation of Iraq, the people raised demands against the U.S. government's worldwide "war against terrorism." Banners, speakers and literature demanded an end to the U. S. wars and occupation of Haiti and Afghanistan as well as an end to U. S.-backed Israeli aggression. The demonstrators expressed support for all the peoples under attack from U.S. imperialism.