Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Protests around the World Mark First Anniversary of War on Iraq

Magazine article Washington Report on Middle East Affairs

Protests around the World Mark First Anniversary of War on Iraq

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On March 20, the first anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, demonstrators in more than 60 countries on six continents, including over 250 U.S. cities, turned out to protest the country's occupation. Notable demonstrations included a million people in Rome, Italy; 200,000 in Osaka, Japan; over 100,000 in New York City; and 1,500 in Fayetteville, NC-where Military Families Against the War spoke outside Ft. Bragg.

In Crawford, TX, where President George Bush owns a ranch, 1,000 protesters said billions spent on war should be spent on domestic programs such as schools, health care and jobs.

An estimated throng of 15,000 anti-war activists marched nearly two miles down Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, and assembled in front of the Kodak Theater to voice their disapproval of the turmoil and military occupation of Iraq.

Vietnam veteran Ron Kovic, famous for the film documenting his life, "Born on the Fourth of july," reminded the cheering, passionate audience that they struggled for a year and a half prior to the invasion of Iraq to make it known an assault on Iraq was wrong. …

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