Massive anti-war demonstrations continue
Around the world, millions of people continue to take part in demonstrations against the war on Iraq. In Turkey, demonstrators stoned US vehicles carrying troops pulling out of the Turkish/Iraq border region following the refusal of the Turkish Government to bow to US pressure and bribery to open a second northern front against Iraq. Ninety percent of the Turkish people remain opposed to the US war. Big demonstrations continue to be held in Palestine, Jordan, Lebanon, Yemen, Egypt and Morocco. In Egypt, demonstrators expressed their opposition to the opening of the Suez Canal to enemies. The Egyptian Government is being strongly criticised for allowing US warships to pass through the Canal. Demonstrators shouted: "Death to America, death to Israel"; "Death to traitor Arab leaders"; "We are with you people of Iraq." In Rabat, Morocco 200,000 denounced the "imperialist aggression", tore down and burnt posters advertising McDonalds. An estimated 200,000 marched against the war in Peshawar in the biggest anti-war demonstration in Pakistan yet held. In India, 150,000 demonstrated in Calcutta. This was also the biggest anti- war march in India so far. Angry crowds demonstrated in Jakarta. The organisers estimated about 250,000 took part. The Muslim leader Amien Rais who is also the leader of the Indonesian parliament said, "All the Indonesian people without exception want Bush to withdraw his forces from Iraq." The above only a short list of anti-war demonstrations held in the last week.