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Global Indymedia J18 Archive

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Archive of Global Indymedia J18 Coverage
WASHINGTON DC: ANTIWAR REPORT Jan 19 2003
J18: Hundreds of Thousands Demand Peace at US Capitol

"Protesting

Hundreds of thousands of people rallied in Washington DC on Saturday, January 18 to say no to war with Iraq. Speakers at the event evoked the memory of Martin Luther King in calling for a world without violence, and for a country that seeks to end hunger among all children rather than terrozing those whom the Bush administration opposes. Speakers also said that Bush was killing the American way of life in this war for oil. The event in DC was organized by the International ANSWER coaltion.

Read: entire feature | chronology of events

[ Washington DC IMC | International ANSWER ]

SAN FRANCISCO: ANTIWAR REPORT Jan 19 2003
"Multitudes J18: Hundreds of Thousands Converge on San Francisco

A massive anti-war protest was held on Saturday in downtown San Francisco, calling for no war on Iraq. The crowd stretched continuously from the foot of Market Street and filled the Civic Center to capacity, with estimates of crowd size ranging from 200-350,000 people [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 ]. All age groups were in attendance, and people of all colors were also there in great numbers. The convergence was organized by International ANSWER and numerous community organizations.

Later in the afternoon, one thousand people joined a radical anti-capitalist breakaway march and militantly marched through the financial center smashing windows and graffitting the San Francisco Chronicle building, the British Consulate, CitiCorp, the Immigration & Naturalization Service building [ 1 | video 1 | 2 ], Starbucks and Victoria's Secret [ 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | audio ]. There were two confirmed arrests.

Further coverage: chronology of events | overhead photos | sounds of the street

[ San Francisco Bay Area IMC | SF Bay IMC Antiwar Coverage ]

PORTLAND: ANTIWAR REPORT Jan 19 2003
"Portland, J18: Oregonians Gather for Third Major Rally

On Saturday in Portland, Oregon, at least 20,000 people gathered at the South Park Blocks near Portland State University in solidarity against a preemptive war against Iraq. This was the third Peace rally, after the October 5th and November 17th rallies, each larger than the one before it, mirroring the growing dissatisfaction in our country concerning the Bush Administrations' myopic rush to war.

Read: entire feature | chronology of events

[ Portland IMC | Portland IMC Stop War Info | Portland Peaceful Response Coalition ]

EUROPE: ANTIWAR REPORT Jan 19 2003
"Protests J18: Building for Europe-Wide Demonstrations

During the European Social Forum (ESF) in Florence in November 2002, the date of 15 February was selected as the day for pan-European actions against war in Iraq. Ten million people are expected to protest across the continent on that date. Therefore, there were no major demonstrations planned on 18 January. There were scattered anti-war actions in many countries, however.

Read: entire feature

[ Germany IMC | Ireland IMC | Italy IMC ]

USA: ANTIWAR REPORT Jan 19 2003
"800 J18: Change Begins at Home

In addition to the massive antiwar demonstrations in Washington DC, San Francisco, and Portland on Saturday, there were solidarity rallies across the United States. The depth and breadth of the opposition to war across the country demonstrated an ongoing decline in support for the Bush administration and its policies. The demonstrations ranged in size from thousandss of persons to several on a street corner.

Read: entire feature and add links to further reports | Winning Hearts and Minds for Peace in the Heartland

[ United for Peace | Be Counted for Peace ]

CANADA: ANTIWAR REPORT Jan 19 2003
"25,000 J18: Canadians Reject Appeasement of US

On Saturday, January 18, 2003, tens of thousands of people joined marches, demonstrations, rallies and events in the deep chill of winter across Canada to protest the looming war on Iraq. Events were held in over 30 communities across the country, big and small, from Yellowknife to Fredericton. The larger demonstrations across the country included 15-20,000 persons in Toronto, 20,000 in Vancouver, 25,000 in Montreal, 15,000 in Halifax, and 3000 in Ottawa, with smaller demonstrations in many other places. Canadians called on their government to end its support of US plans for war.

Read: entire feature | Non-proliferation de la guerre - CMAQ | August 21, 2002 feature

[ Ontario IMC Peace Coverage | Canadian Peace Alliance - L'Alliance canadiene pour la paix ]

NETHERLANDS: ANTIWAR REPORT Jan 19 2003
"Civilian J18: Civilian Inspectors Enter Military Base

About one hundred civil inspectors gained access [ dutch ] to the grounds of Volkel military air base in the southeast of the Netherlands. They cut through the perimeter fence in several places at once. Some inspection teams even used their own keys to enter several gates at the base. Before the start of the inspections several padlocks were seemingly replaced by new ones. Most of them were arrested, but released later throughout the day. According to the investigations of several peace groups, there are weapons of mass destruction stored there under US supervision.

The AntiWar Committee in Leiden, jointly with local Moroccan organization Moultaqa, held its Dr. Martin Luther King memory march against the plans for war against Irak, against racism, and for civil rights. Another action was held in Rotterdam. The Leiden demonstration included a call to support an all Europe day of action for peace for the people of Irak on Saturday, 15 February, with demonstrations in all capitals of European countries, including Amsterdam.

[ Netherlands IMC | dDH Vredessite | Wereldcrisis.nl ]

JAPAN: ANTIWAR REPORT Jan 19 2003
"Protest J18: Thousands Rally in Tokyo for Peace

As part of the worldwide protest against war, thousands marched in Tokyo on Saturday, January 18. On a beautiful and very cold day, more than three thousand people gathered as some of the first participants in the global protest against the war in Iraq. The Koizumi administration is looking to assist the US and UK in the war, and to expand their military presence by dispatching the Self Defense Force (SDF) abroad. This is in contradiction with Article 9 of the Japanese constitution.

Beginning with a music concert, the event included a peaceful march through the Ginza district before returning to Hibiya Park for more music, dance, and speeches by various national and international organisations. The closing ceremony was a surge of emotion as the Daiko drummers beat to the rallying crowd shouting "World Peace Now!"

[ WorldPeaceNow.jp | Ze Global Party 4 Pe@ce ]

UNITED KINGDOM: ANTIWAR REPORT Jan 19 2003
"'Secret' J18: Britain Prepares for Upcoming Actions

In London, anti-war campaigners protested and conducted civil disobedience at the Permanent Joint Headquarters of the British Armed Forces at Northwood, the command post for British rapid deployment forces.

Over 150 activists took photos [ 1 ] of the base where the British military is planning war on Iraq, an action which is forbidden under the OSA, in an action titled Operation Internal Look. Nevertheless dozens of press journalists joined the activists, some of whom carried giant binoculars, cameras and telescopes in capturing images of the highly sensitive base, which is not even marked on street maps. A blockade of the base is planned in the coming days.

Read: entire feature | January 17 feature

[ United Kindom IMC | SchNEWS | Stop the War Coalition ]

NEW ZEALAND: ANTIWAR REPORT Jan 19 2003
"New J18: Global Day of Protest Begins

In the heart of summertime, more than 2000 people rallied [ 1 ] against war in Christchuch on Saturday,18 January. Demonstrators called on the New Zealand government to take a stand against war and sever its links with the US war machine. This was probably the largest antiwar event in New Zealand since the Vietnam War. Hundreds of persons marched in Dunedin, with many persons joining as it went along. Even twenty people rallied in the small city of Wanganui on Saturday.

On Thursday, 16 January, Peace Action Wellington organised a twelve hour vigil at the US Embassy in Wellington to mark the twelfth anniversary of the start of the Gulf War. This was followed by a rally at the Cenotaph and a march to the US Embassy. About 200 people with banners, flags, and placards marched to the embassy, where red ribbons, flowers, and a US flag soaked in halal blood were tied to the railings.The protest was one of many being held this week throughout the country, co-ordinated by Peace Movement Aotearoa. The last round of anti-war actions in New Zealand were on December 14.

[ Aotearoa IMC | Peace Movement Aotearoa ]

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