Tens of Thousands Demand an End to the Occupation of Iraq

October 26, 2003

On Saturday, October 25, tens of thousands of demonstrators took part in anti-war protests in both Washington D.C. and San Francisco.

In Washington D.C., tens of thousands gathered near the Washington monument for an "End the Occupation" rally, followed by a march to the White House and U.S. Department of Justice. In addition to calling for the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, demonstrators were protesting the passage of the U.S. Patriot Act - legislation passed two years ago which criminalizes dissent and political opposition within the U.S.

In San Francisco, thousands of workers, students, and anti-war activists from various cities on the west-coast rallied at the Civic Center Plaza and then marched to Jefferson Square Park. Speaker after speaker denounced the U.S. occupation of Iraq and called for the immediate withdrawal of troops.

People at both protests raised demands against U.S. imperialism's "international war against terrorism" and spoke out in defense of the sovereignty of countries and the right of every people to determine their own affairs free of imperialist interference. Banners and literature denounced U.S. pressure against North Korea and the Korean people and supported the struggles of the peoples in Palestine, Colombia, the Philippines and elsewhere. People repeatedly spoke out against the nonstop militarization of the country and the government's growing fascism.

These demonstrations show that while Bush keeps escalating wars in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere, the American people are strengthening their opposition and organizing to put a stop to the government's war program.

Only the Peoples Can Stop the Wars!