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In pictures: Rice visit protests

Condoleezza Rice answers media questions at Blackburn Town Hall

Condoleezza Rice says the second day of her tour of Foreign Secretary Jack Straw's Blackburn constituency has been "stimulating" despite further anti-war protests.

Condoleeza Rice and Jack Straw at Blackburn Cathedral

The first visit of the day for the US secretary of state and Mr Straw was to Blackburn Cathedral.

Protesters wait to see Condoleezza Rice

About 200 protesters waited to make their feelings about the US involvement in Iraq known.

Anti-war protesters march to Blackburn Town Hall

Protesters marched on the town hall, led by some who had dressed as prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.

Condoleezza Rice and Jack Straw with Mayor of Blackburn

Mr Straw and his American guest were greeted by Mayor of Blackburn Councillor Ysuf Jan Virmani. Ms Rice met Muslim leaders and local dignitaries.

Muneer Master sings Condoleezza Rice at Blackburn Town Hall

Ms Rice was treated to a vocal performance by seven-year-old local Muneer Master.

Jack Straw and Condoleezza Rice answer questions at Blackburn Town Hall

The visit to the town hall concluded with questions from the huge media pack.




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