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Saturday, 9 November, 2002, 16:43 GMT
In pictures: Florence protest
In a colourful and noisy display, hundreds of thousands of people from across Europe have been marching through the Italian city of Florence to protest against a possible war on Iraq.

Florence protest
So many people turned up that the march had to start early to avoid congestion problems

Florence protest
At the head of the protest, participants carried a banner which read 'No war'

A protester carries a mock-up time bomb with a picture of George W Bush
Enemy number one for most of the demonstrators was US President George W Bush

Florence demonstrators
But nonetheless a festive carnival atmosphere prevailed

A couple kiss in the Florence protest
Some marchers seemed to have trouble keeping their mind on the serious business at hand

Children carrying a banner
Children of all ages were recruited to the cause

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The BBC's Brian Barron in Florence
"So far everything is peaceful... and the mood is happy"
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