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Last Updated:  Saturday, 29 March, 2003, 23:19 GMT
No let-up in anti-war protests
Anti-war protester in Boston
The White House does not have total support at home
Protesters across the world are taking to the streets this weekend to demand an end to the US-led war on Iraq.

Rallies have been taking place in the cities of Europe and the Americas, and, in Asia, China is due to hold its first officially sanctioned protests on Sunday.

Tactics among the protesters range from rallies under banners to a "die-in" in Genoa where people lay down in busy streets to simulate Iraqis killed in air raids, to a naked march through the streets of Bogota.

"The Yankees are gangsters," one speaker told a rally in Moscow, asking who would be the next US target after Iraq.

In the United States itself, the city of Boston held what observers said was the biggest march since the Vietnam War.

Tens of thousands, many of them students or academics, chanted "this is what democracy looks like".

One marcher, former Republican voter Susan Hughes, told Reuters news agency that President George W Bush had begun acting like the Iraqi dictator he had pledged to oust.

Latin America saw rallies in Santiago, Mexico City, Montevideo, Buenos Aires and Caracas after anti-war protests on Friday in Bogota and Lima.

  • In the Uruguayan capital, Montevideo, artists and sculptors displayed anti-war works in city squares while dance troupes joined protestors in the streets

  • Colombian students stripped naked in the rain to march through Bogota, bodies painted with anti-war messages

Human chain

Europe, a focus of anti-war feeling, saw demonstrations in many major cities and near US military facilities.

  • In Rome, groups of demonstrators hung black sheets from the 16 bridges across the River Tiber as "mourning" for the war dead

    Anti-war protester flees from US base in Vicenza, Italy
    Some protests have focused on US military bases

  • At least 40,000 protestors were involved in a human chain in Germany, between the northern cities of Munster and Osnabrueck, 55 kms (35 miles) apart

  • About 23,000 took part in marches in Berlin, culminating in a rally in the Tiergarten park, and more Germans held protests in Stuttgart and Frankfurt, where 25 people were arrested as they tried to block the entrance to a US air base

  • Several thousand demonstrators marched through Paris in the fifth mass protest there since the war began, and peace marches were also held in Moscow, Budapest, Warsaw and Dublin

China reacts

In the Middle East, Iraq's neighbour Jordan saw an angry anti-war march in the city of Irbed, where about 50,000 protesters gathered for an officially sanctioned protest.

Demonstrators hailed Iraqi resistance and called for an Arab and international intervention to oust US and British troops, the Jordanian state news agency reported.

In Asia, police clashed with demonstrators in Malaysia, Bangladesh and South Korea, where thousands of activists marched through Seoul.

Police in Australia said more than 15,000 people marched through city streets in Melbourne to protest over the government's decision to send troops to Iraq.

Police in China have given permission for the country's first anti-war protests on Sunday but has strictly limited the numbers allowed to take part.

One demonstration is to be held by a group of intellectuals in a park and another is to be staged by students from Beijing university.

The planned protests follow big demonstrations by Muslims in Asian and Arab countries after Friday prayers.


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