London leads worldwide anti-war protests
Organisers of a demonstration held in London last weekend report that 100,000 people rallied in Trafalgar square to protest the occupation of Iraq and to demand freedom for Palestine. The Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament, the Stop the War Coalition and the Muslim Association of Britain provided the opportunity for the mass outpouring of anger at the role of the British Government in the war on Iraq, its occupation of that country and the scandal surrounding the "weapons of mass destruction" pretext for the UK's entry into the war. At the rally, Labour MP George Galloway spoke of "...a very dangerous diversion, a false dichotomy which is emerging in this debate — whether or not Iraq should be controlled by a group of foreigners with blue helmets or a group of foreigners with stars and stripes. Foreign occupiers are not the solution to Iraq's problem, they are Iraq's problem." Anti-war protests also took place in Dublin and Edinburgh where 1500 demonstrators marched. About 3000 protested in Paris and a similar number took the anti-war message to the gates of the US Embassy in Athens. More than 2000 marched to the centre of Seoul. There were also protests in Vienna, Berlin, Madrid, New York and San Francisco.