Although turnouts were not as great as the February 2003 massive rallies against war, thousands of people across Oceania have participated in anti-war protests and peace marches to mark the first anniversary of the invasion of Iraq. Protests occured around Aotearoa and included an anti-Occupation Action in Wellington (speech,Photos 1,2), a protest in Auckland (Photos 1), a protest and flag buring in Christchurch and many more smaller protests.
M20 antiwar protest in Melbourne
In Australia, several thousand people protested in both Melbourne (Report, Photos), and Sydney (Report). A thousand people rallied in Brisbane, 200 in Perth, and smaller protests in Canberra and Hobart and other regional centres. Adelaide held a protest on Sunday (Photos).
In the Philippines a Candlelight protest was held on Friday night and a further protest in Manila on Saturday where over 1000 people were attacked by fire hoses (Photos). More than fifty East Timorese people and a number of internationals protested in Dili outside the US Embassy in regard to the occupation of Iraq.
Other protests occurred in Tokyo, Japan where organisers estimated 30,000 people protested the Japanese involvement in sending members of the Self Defence Force to Iraq. In Seoul, Korea about 1,500 mostly young college students staged a peaceful anti-war demonstration. In Thailand, dozens of people protested in front of the American and British embassies in the capital Bangkok, protesting the deployment of 450 Thai troops in Iraq. Demonstrations also occurred in Hong Kong, and in New Delhi in India.