Tuesday, March 21, 2006

3 years in Iraq .....Anti-war protesters around the world.....

See entire article at: http://www.canada.com/topics/news/world/story.html?id=1aa91af5-263f-45a1-a112-a03a425e8d0d&k=19409

Canadian Press
Published: Sunday, March 19, 2006 Article tools

* * * * SEOUL, South Korea (CP) - Thousands of anti-war protesters around the world demanded on Sunday that coalition troops leave Iraq, but demonstrations in many countries were far smaller than anticipated on the third anniversary of the U.S.-led invasion.

Protesters in South Korea demanded their government bring home its 3,200 troops from northern Iraq, the largest contingent of foreign troops after the United States and Britain.

"No occupation in Iraq!" chanted the protesters at the Seoul Station Plaza, pumping their fists and holding signs reading, No War, No Bush.

South Korea, which contributed troops despite strong popular opposition, plans to bring about 1,000 soldiers home starting in April.

Andrew Whittet, an English teacher from the state of New York, said he rallied in South Korea to "show other people in the world that not all Americans are for the war in Iraq and not all Americans agree with (U.S. President) George Bush."

Police said about 1,000 people turned out, while organizers put the number at 2,000.

In Tokyo, anti-war rallies stretched into a second day Sunday, with about 800 protesters chanting "No War, Stop the War!" and banging drums as they marched peacefully toward the U.S. Embassy. A day earlier, about 2,000 rallied in Tokyo.

"The Iraq war was President Bush's big mistake and the whole world is against him," said organizer Ayako Nishimura. "Iraq must decide its own affairs."

Elsewhere, anti-war protesters demonstrated outside the U.S. Embassy in Malaysia, chanting, "Stop the War," "No Blood for Oil" and "America Get Out of Iraq."

Protests were also held Saturday in Canada, Australia, Asia and Europe.

In Toronto, some 1,000 protesters assembled in front of a downtown courthouse across from the U.S. consulate for the country's largest antiwar rally.

In Ottawa, dozens of demonstrators gathered two blocks from Parliament Hill and later at the National Gallery to protest the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Several hundred protesters marched through downtown Halifax before gathering at a park to listen to speeches and live music. Protests in Montreal and Vancouver also attracted hundreds.

In London, police said 15,000 people joined a march Saturday from Parliament and Big Ben to a rally in Trafalgar Square. The anniversary last year attracted 45,000 protesters in the city.

Britain, the United States' strongest supporter in the Iraq war, has about 8,000 troops in Iraq but plans to pull out 800 of them by May.

Some 500 people protested in Sydney on Saturday - a smattering compared to the mass demonstrations that swept across the Australia in the buildup to the invasion. Many Australians were instead tuned in to Commonwealth Games in the southern city of Melbourne, the scene of some of the biggest anti-war protests three years ago.

Saturday's anti-war protests in Europe were dwarfed by the half-million people who demonstrated in France against proposed labour law reforms, and about 80,000 nationalists in Belgrade mourning former Yugoslav leader Slobodan Milosevic.

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Blogger JasonSpalding said...

Cold War II --- Back with a vengeance!

The war in Iraq is a critical blunder by State Department of the United States. The U.S.S.R. was before its break up was allied with Iran in its war against Iraq. Iraq at the time had the support of the State Department of the United States. You remember the Axiom the enemy of my enemy is my friend. So when the U.S.S.R. dissolved some in the state department that we no longer had to keep supporting Iraq. So Saddam stopped getting the due he was felt so he tried to conquer Kuwait. This pissed off to many in the world so the U.S.A. and the rest of the world stepped in and sent his soldiers packing back to Iraq. Now when Iraq became has become further destabilized the U.S. had to go in and insure the safety of our worlds needed oil supply. Flash forward till now and what is happening Iran wants to control its nuclear destiny and who is supporting them Russia a former member of the U.S.S.R. club. So the real question is Russia attempting a come back?

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