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Friday, 1 November, 2002, 08:31 GMT
Protesters say 'don't attack Iraq'
Children helped carve peace message into pumpkins
Hundreds of people demonstrated in Reading on Thursday against a threatened war in Iraq.

Protesters dressed as Halloween skeletons to highlight the great loss of life they fear if military action is stepped up against Saddam Hussein.

The demonstrations were part of a national day of action called by the Stop the War Coalition.

Local activists banged drums and waved hand made banners at a noisy rally at 1700 BST at Forbury Gardens.

Organisers said their Halloween peace message was: "Bats not bombs, spooks not nukes!"

About 3,000 anti-war activists in London demonstrated outside the Houses of Parliament and there was a protest in every other big city.

Last month about 350,000 people demonstrated in London in Britain's biggest ever anti-war march, organised by the Stop the War Coalition and the Muslim Council of Britain.


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