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PHOTOS OF MARCH 19TH PROTESTS IN BAGHDAD
Photos of a demonstration against the ocupation and for Iraqi unity in Baghdad.
On the day before the anniversary of the US led invasion of Iraq, a demonstration took place in Baghdad in tandem with protests around the world against the violence of the occupation. The protest was also a powerful show of unity between Sunni and Shia muslims. The marches started with the Shia's in Khadamiya, and the Sunni's across the river in Adamiya. The two groups met just as the Shia's came over the bridge, and emotions were high as they merged into one. They then walked for together to a public square where speakers denounced the occupation and called for unity between all Iraqis.
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A sign at a press conference organized by various human rights organizations calling for an end to torture of prisoners.
A woman displaying pictures of her sons who were disappeared by the US military after they raided her farmhouse. The soldiers used explosives to blow up her door, and then came in and arrested her sons. She still does not know their whereabouts.
A sign calling for the end of taking detainees as hostages.
The beginning of the Shia march from Khadamiya.
A man calls out the chant "no Saddam, no Americans!"
A kid holds up an Iraqi flag, symbolizing the unification of the country.
A group of women hold up a sign accusing the coalition forces of ignoring the Geneva Convention.
A woman is overwhelmed at the moment that the Shia and Sunni groups met each other in the street.
Children play in the street holding Iraqi flags.
A man holds up a picture of the Shia leader Sistani.
The crowd meets in a public square to listen to speeches given by various community leaders.
A kid yells out in anger as the crowd moves along through the streets.
Security for the demonstration is provided by various community members.