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Saturday, 15 February, 2003, 20:24 GMT
Speeches and reports
CND protestor
Millions of people world-wide have taken part in protests against a war with Iraq. Hundreds of marches and rallies took place in up to 60 countries. BBC News Online provides special reports on the protests against war


A global march for peace
Ordinary people across the world have taken part
A protestors placard
Millions of people worldwide have taken part in demonstrations against a possible US-led war against Iraq. The first protests on Saturday were seen in New Zealand. In London, a rally was held in Hyde Park.

 Jim Fish reports on the world's marches


Britain's largest anti-war rally
Marchers in London
Protestors came from all over the country
Organisers claimed up to two million people took part in the anti-war demonstrations in London. Participants arrived in the capital from about 250 cities across the UK. In Glasgow an estimated 30,000 people took part in the city's protest.

 Nicholas Witchell reports


Jesse Jackson
Jesse Jackson
Mr Jackson was the keynote speaker
Former US presidential candidate Reverend Jesse Jackson was the keynote speaker at the march. Mr Jackson said: "It is not too late to stop this war, we must march until there is peace and reconciliation."

 Watch Jesse Jackson's speech


Tony Benn
Tony Benn
Former Labour MP Tony Benn
Tony Benn praised the crowd for starting a new political movement, which would endure beyond the Iraqi crisis. Mr Benn said this movement was also about global democracy and establishing a Palestinian state.

 Watch Tony Benn's speech


Bianca Jagger
Bianca Jagger
Bianca Jagger said the war was about oil
Bianca Jagger accused the Prime Minister of having forgone his beliefs held for so many years, and asked him: "Why listen to President Bush rather than the voices of British people?"

 Watch Bianca Jagger's speech


Ken Livingstone
Ken Livingstone
London's Mayor attacked George Bush
"I have never seen anything like this in my political career," Ken Livingstone said. "This is Britain standing together regardless of age, race or sex. This war is solely about oil. Bush has never given a damn about human rights" he added.

 Watch Ken Livingstone's speech


Ms Dynamite
Ms Dynamite with Jesse Jackson
Ms Dynamite directed a poem at Blair
To the delight of the crowds, pop star Ms Dynamite took to the stage and read out a poem which was heavily critical of Tony Blair. "We are standing, speaking out, fighting, but our Prime Minister is going against our wishes."

 Watch Ms Dynamite read her poem


Tariq Ali
Tariq Ali
Tariq Ali has been a forceful opponent of war
Writer and broadcaster Tariq Ali was among a number of speakers who used his speech to attack Tony Blair and his government's policies. Mr Ali said Britain was a country where regime change was also needed.

 Watch Tariq Ali's speech


Charles Kennedy
Charles Kennedy
Mr Kennedy called for Parliament to be recalled
Liberal Democrat leader Charles Kennedy told protesters that "no just or moral case" had been made for war on Iraq and warned "this is the riskiest moment for Britain since the Suez."

 Watch Charles Kennedy's speech

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