Protests begin across the world against war in Iraq
By AUDREY McAVOY, Associated Press Writer
TOKYO - Carrying toy guns filled with flowers and waving banners, anti-war demonstrators marched through the glitzy streets of downtown Tokyo, kicking off a series of protests across the world Saturday against a possible attack on Iraq.
Toy guns filled with flowers dont kill people, people who support tyranical terror funding dictators kill people.
Dozens of events were being held in Asia, Europe and the Middle East as the United States and Britain mass troops in the Persian Gulf, and the deadline approaches for Iraq to provide the United Nations Security Council with a full accounting of its nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
About 5,000 people â a mix of students and union laborers â marched in the cold through the Japanese capital's central shopping district.
Japans security humbly and effectively provided by the U.S. Navy's 7th Fleet for the past 60 years, allowing a full 4 % of their GDP to be used for the other purposes besides having their own navy, such as holding protests against the evil USA.
"We want to unite with people all over the world on the same issue," said Takashi Uchiyama, one of the organizers of the Tokyo march.
That issue being that we are tired of other people actually being able to have an impact on the world leaving us feel like ineffectual tight assed little college students.
In early demonstrations in Europe, hundreds gathered at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow, carrying banners with slogans like "U.S., hands off Iraq!" In Goteborg, Sweden's second largest city, 5,000 people marched peacefully.
Sweden- the only country in the world who thinks that Yasser Arafat is a man of peace, and an economy that underperformns Mississippi.
In the Syrian capital of Damascus tens of thousands of people marched through the streets, some chanting, "Our beloved Saddam strike Tel Aviv," referring to Iraq's missile attack against Israel during the 1991 Gulf War.
Im not sure this is news. My guess is that this is the equivalent to a regular pub cheer.
Meanwhile, buses rolled into Washington from many parts of the United States, delivering thousands for a weekend of dissent.
A rally outside the Capitol on Saturday, followed by a march to a naval yard, was set to anchor demonstrations from coast to coast, in San Francisco and other U.S. cities.
and for some strage reason, none of the Navy ships were there, now where could they be?
U.S. President George W. Bush was at Camp David, Maryland, for the weekend.
Relaxed and sleeping very well too, I'd imagine.
The United States and Britain have already sent troops and ships to the Persian Gulf for a possible attack on Iraq while U.N. inspectors look for banned weapons there. On Thursday, they discovered 12 empty chemical warheads, but Iraq said the arms were old and had already been disclosed to the United Nations.
Iraqi president Saddam Hussein warned Friday that his country is ready to defend itself against the United States.
Warned who? Us? His own people?
Hundreds of demonstrators marched through the streets of several Pakistani cities Saturday. Protesters in the eastern city of Lahore tried to march on the U.S. Consulate there, but police stopped them. Six activists were later allowed to hand U.S. officials a resolution calling on Washington not to attack Iraq.
This having no more effect than increasing the supply of toilet paper at the embassy by a few sheets of paper.
At a peace march near the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, hundreds of children, women and men formed a "human chain" and chanted slogans against an attack on Iraq.
In Hong Kong, about 60 people chanted "Inspections, yes! War, no!" and "Yankee, go home!" as they marched through the financial district to the U.S. and British consulates.
Hong Kong, Population 12 million people. On any given weekend, 60 people will show up to protest the newest "hello kitty" backpack design.
Protester Manoj Mathew, 25, said there was no reason for war even if U.N. inspectors find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq. "It doesn't mean (you can) attack normal people," he said.
Correct Manoj!, but its open season on tin horn tyranical dictators! I doubt that Manoj would feel war is necessary even if a WMD was released into his town.
Demonstrations in Europe were also planned in the German cities of Hamburg and Cologne, and in front of the European headquarters of the U.S. Army in Heidelberg. A protest was planned in Brussels Sunday.
German state security provided by NATO and US Army, keeping the actual peace in europe for the last 60 years.
Outside of the American Embassy in Moscow, protesters held banners that read: "Iraq isn't your ranch, Mr. Bush" and "U.S.A. is international terrorist No. 1" and shouted "U.S., hands off Iraq!" Some held portraits of Soviet dictator Josef Stalin and sang Soviet-era communist songs.
Well thats a dead giveaway isnt it?
Posted by: Frank Martin 2003-01-18