Humanity Says "No!" to War

March 4, 2003

In cities throughout the world, new protests keep breaking out to oppose the war which the U.S. is preparing against Iraq.

500,000 March in Sudan

More than half a million people marched through the Sudanese capital of Khartoum on February 26. "Bush is War and War is Bush!" Chanted the demonstrators as they headed to the United Nations office in the capital where they delivered an open letter to Secretary-General Kofi Annan. The letter urged him to stop the looming war, adding he would "bear the curse of history" if he follows the path of the U.S.

One of the organizers of the demonstration, told the Associated Press that the march had brought together "virtually every political party, trade union, and sector."

It was the second mass demonstration against a possible invasion of Iraq in two months.

100,000 Egyptians Protest

On February 27, over 100,000 anti-war demonstrators took to the streets of Cairo, Egypt, protesting U.S. threats of war against Iraq.

"We came here because we cannot watch our sisters and brothers being killed in Palestine and about to be killed in Iraq and remain silent," said Safeya Mohamed a 20-year-old student from the Suez Canal city of Ismailia. (AP report). Many are calling it was the largest anti-war protest Egypt has ever seen.

Turkey

On March 1, over 50,000 people participated in an anti-war demonstration in downtown Ankara. Demonstrators shouted anti-war slogans and carried banners that read, "We don't want to be American soldiers," "No War," and "We want a budget for education and not for war." The demonstrators were demanding that Turkish territory not be used as a staging area for a "northern front" in any U.S. war against Iraq.

Yemen

On March 1, 300,000 anti-war protestors took to the streets in Sana, the capital of Yemen.

A day earlier, thousands of people marched on the U.S. embassy in the capital, chanting anti-war slogans and denouncing a possible U.S.-led war in Iraq.

Bahrain

On February 28, over 5,000 people thousands of people demonstrated in Bahrain, marching about a mile from Manama's Ras Rumman mosque to United Nations offices in the capital chanting anti-war slogans and demanding that the government close the U.S. Navy base on the island and expel the U.S. ambassador.

Bahrain is home to the U.S. 5th Fleet and hosts more than 4,000 American military personnel.

Lebanon

On March 1, nearly 2,000 people demonstrated near the U.S. embassy in Beirut. The protesters waved banners that read: "Bush, Sharon and Blair are monsters" and "No to the U.S. aggression on Iraq." On the same day, over 5,000 protestors took to the streets in the city of Tyre in south Lebanon.

Tens of Thousands Protest in Manila

On February 28, tens of thousands of demonstrators rallied against a possible U.S.-led war on Iraq as well as a planned U.S.-Philippine "counterterrorism exercise."

Chanting "U.S. imperialist, No. 1 terrorist" and "Stand for peace, fight for justice, U.S. out of the Middle East," the protestors marched to the seaside Quirino Grandstand near the U.S. Embassy.

"TrainStopping" Protests in Europe

In Italy, the Netherlands, and Belgium, thousands of protesters have participated in blockades of U.S. military bases and the transport of U.S. war material and soldiers. Many dock workers have also agreed not to load military equipment on ships.

On February 27-28, Italian anti-war protesters chained themselves to a civilian ferry carrying U.S. military vehicles from Naples to a U.S. base in Sicily. "Civilian ferries should not be used to transport U.S. military equipment," said one of the protestors, "Our country is not at war." On February 26, anti-war activists throughout Italy held a nationwide protest in an attempt to block trains carrying U.S military equipment from northern Italy to Camp Darby, the U.S. military base near Pisa, in Tuscany.

On February 25, over 20 actions were held across the Netherlands, including a blockade of the office of the U.S. Military Traffic Management Command. On February 20, protestors blocked the first ship to leave the harbor of Rotterdam.

In addition, actions against the use the Belgium harbor of Antwerp by the U.S. military have been going on for weeks, and will continue on March 1-2 with more "trainstopping" actions.

The government of Austria also refused last week to allow U.S. military transports to cross its soil on the way from Germany to Italy, forcing the U.S. to transport equipment through the Netherlands.

Virtual March Against War

On Wednesday, February 26, approximately one million people throughout the U.S. used phones, fax machines, and computers to join in on a "virtual march" against the U.S. war plans in Iraq.

According to one of the organizers of the protest, in just 8 hours, "well over 1 million phone calls were made by people from every state in the country...every senator's office and the White House switchboard received at least two and often more calls per minute." "Many callers could not get through because the switchboard was clogged, he stated."

More than 500,000 people had signed up on the Internet to take part in the protest, and a half a million more were estimated to have participated.