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Anti-war movement, Iraq

David Michael Smith


International resistance to the US invasion of Iraq became the largest, most diverse, and arguably first genuinely global anti-war movement in the annals of human experience. By March 2002, people throughout the world had begun mobilizing to oppose the George W. Bush administration's increasingly obvious plans for war in Iraq. On March 16, in Barcelona, about 300,000 people participated in the European Social Forum's march against globalization and war. When the president visited Berlin and Paris in late May, tens of thousands of protesters greeted him with anti-war slogans and epithets. In early September, former South African President Nelson Mandela expressed the view of the majority of the world's peoples when he described Bush's plans for war as a threat to world peace. In the autumn of 2002, the extraordinary size and scope of the global movement against war in Iraq became clear. On September 28, about 400,000 people participated in an anti-war demonstration in London called Stop The War Coalition (STWC) and the Muslim Association of Britain. It was the largest anti-war event held in the UK in decades. On the same day, more than 100,000 people took to the streets in Rome, while scores of thousands of others marched in Beirut, Gaza City, and in cities in Australia and New Zealand. As many as 20,000 people gathered for an anti-war rally in New York City's Central Park, and ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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