It was a day of history-making in London, where 1 million people made the demo the largest protest in the history of the British capital. Turnout was boosted by British Prime Minister Tony Blair's ready enlistment in Bush's "coalition of the willing" against Iraq. Click here to hear audio of the day's speeches, songs and activities.
New York City saw its largest protest since the historic June 12, 1982 antinuclear rally in Central Park. And if today had been as warm as that June day was, who knows how many more people would've swelled the ranks of the estimated 300,000 who came out, braving windchill temperatures of four degrees.
This Saturday should see the largest US and international protests yet against the Bush Administration's plans to invade Iraq. Major actions are planned nationwide and abroad in more than 528 cities including London, Prague, Berlin, Cape Town and Barcelona. Check here to see if there's an event near you.
New York City could see its largest political protest in many years. A coalition of antiwar groups, United for Peace and Justice will stage a February 15 rally on First Avenue stretching north from 49th Street. After severe legal wrangling with the city, the organizers secured a legal permit for this rally but not for a requested march.
In what is being widely criticized as an unnecessary curb on civil liberties and the right to protest, Federal Judge Barbara Jones, citing "heightened security concerns," ruled on February 10 that the City of New York can deny United for Peace and Justice not only its request to stage a short march through Manhattan, but could refuse a permit to march anywhere in NYC on February 15. But the show will nonetheless go on. People like Desmond Tutu, Julian Bond, Danny Glover, and Patti Smith are signed on to partcipate and bus caravans have been organized nationwide.
"The whole world is against this war. Only one person wants it," declared South African teenager Bilqees Gamieldien as she joined a Cape Town antiwar demonstration on a weekend when it did indeed seem that the whole world was dissenting from George W. Bush's push for war with Iraq.
Millions of protesters marched into the streets of cities from Tokyo to Tel Aviv to Toronto and Bush's homestate of Texas to deliver a message expressed by the Rev. Jesse Jackson to a crowd of more than one million in London: "It's not too late to stop this war."
Crowd estimates for demonstrations of the kind being seen this weekend are always a source of controversy, especially when nervous politicians -- like British Prime Minister Tony Blair -- try to convince journalists and the public to dismiss the significance of the protests even before they begin. But, faced with a historic show of dissent, even the constantly spinning Blair had to acknowledge that the cost for his unwavering support of the Bush administration on Iraq is turning out to be "unpopular" in his own land.
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