Oceania / East Asia: M20 Anti-War Protests

Thousands rally in M20 anti-war protests across Oceania

 

M20 antiwar protest in Melbourne
M20 antiwar protest in Melbourne

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.

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.

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Gee. I wonder what it could mean

Popcorn 21.Mar.2004 22:19

Funny thing about this is, they didn't have any protests in Bagdhad, Najaf, Kirkuk, Um Qasr or anywhere else in Iraq.

Which is odd, because they have very large protests about Paul Bremmer foot-dragging over the elections, about security, about unemployment. Everything, really.

I just cannot imagine why they didn't protest the invasion.

Can you?

It means that...

Alphonso Henriques 23.Mar.2004 21:09

...The most pro-war in the world were not the americans, but the iraqis themselves who eagerly awaited to be rid of saddam and hope of a better future, but you'll never hear that in our medias, because it will discredit everybody who opposed that war.

Especially if you consult the iraqui blogs like:

 http://www.healingiraq.com/
 http://iraqataglance.blogspot.com/
 http://iraq-iraqis.blogspot.com/
 http://iraqthemodel.blogspot.com/
 http://roadofanation.blogspot.com/
...

happy surfing!

an interesting letter from a victim

someone 23.Mar.2004 22:11

...Thank you for giving me the opportunity to speak my mind with your e-mail friends. I lost my job this past year. When Clinton was president I was secure and prosperous, but in the last year, we had to close our operations. We simply could not compete with foreign labor. This foreigners worked for low pay under very bad conditions. They worked very long shifts, and many even died on the job.

This competition could hardly be called "fair." I was forced out of the place where I had worked for 34 years.Not a single government program was there to help me. How can Bush call himself "compassionate?" Far worse, I lost two of my sons in Bush's evil war in Iraq. They gave their lives for their country, and for what? . My pain of losing my sons is indescribable.

While it is trivial next to the loss of my sons, I regret to say that I also lost my home. I simply have nothing left. How can Bush call himself a Christian when he neglects people like me? I am a senior citizen with various medical problems. I'm not in a position where I can begin a new career. I was reduced to the point where I had to live in whatever facility I could come across , all because of President Bush.

And when the folks finally came to me there, did they have any compassion for my misfortune and ailments? No, in fact I was arrested. Mr. Bush, I dare you to look me in the face and tell me you are a compassionate man! I dare you to look me in the face and tell me you are a Christian! If I had any money left, I would donate it to the Democrat Party.

If Al Gore had been elected in 2000 I would still have a job, a home, and most importantly, my dear sons. I urge you, please, please vote for John Kerry.



Regards,

Saddam Hussein

March 19th protests in Baghdad

AmigaPhil 26.Mar.2004 01:48

Iraq, March 19, 2004 : No to USA Terrorism
Iraq, March 19, 2004 : No to USA Terrorism

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