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ON FEBRUARY 15, 2003, MILLIONS OF ORDINARY CITIZENS IN OVER 800 CITIES AROUND THE WORLD POURED INTO THE STREETS TO PROTEST AGAINST THE RUSH TOWARDS THE INVASION OF IRAQ.

According to BBC News, 6 to 10 million people took part in protests in up to 60 countries, on every continent, over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of February 2003. Other reports estimated the actual number was closer to 30 million. Protesters from Tasmania to Iceland, New York to Sydney, and London to Rome, marched against the impending war in Iraq. Even at the McMurdo base in Antarctica, more than 50 scientists staged a half-hour rally.

It has been described as “the biggest and most widespread collective protest the world has ever seen. Director, Amir Amirani, produced ‘We Are Many’ over 11 years, filming across seven countries including: Italy, Spain, Egypt, Sweden, Australia, the UK and the USA.

London

My name is Ismael from El Salvador and have lived in the UK-London since 1995. On that historic day myself and my friends Mike and Eva joined the protest at Piccadilly Circus and marched all the way to Hyde park…

London UK

A strong,proud day around the world in the name off peace by so many beautiful people, but unfortunately the ugly people still continued with their slaughter and distruction, BASTARDS !!!!

london

I went alone, as nobody in my family agreed with my action. but at the end of the day, i made many friends and like-minded people and felt more convinced them ever, that it was the right thing to do

London

I travelled independently by rain from Hereford. I was amazed as we stopped at every station, especially villages in Tory heartland Cotswolds, to see how many ordinary families, some armed with banners, were joining the protest. It definitely was a…

Joplin, MO USA

I took part in this, a local college campus peace group and other demonstrations.

London

Took our son who was 7 on his first demo. An amazing experience. ran into so many people we knew

London, UK

My 17-year old daughter and I marched from the Embankment to Hyde Park that day. I had been on several anti-war marches in my time, including those against the Vietnam war in the 1960’s. But this was my daughter’s first…

London, Hyde Park

After attending the rally me and a friend road tripped down to olive oil country in Spain. Everywhere we went we saw anti war poster, bed sheets hung over balconies. Even in a scruffy olive oil ‘depot’, the very old…

London, UK

Several of us traveled down from Bristol. We had dodgy homemade posters. They had to be dodgy; they represented the evidence gathered to convince us of Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. On my poster, pens were stuck on showing the…

London, England

After many smaller protests in Suffolk and Norfolk, where we have more U.S. bases than anywhere else, my friend Annie and I travelled to London with others from our area. Old, young, couples, families…all with one thing to say. NOT…

London, England

It was an amazing experience. I had never seen so many people together. There were so many images, posters, so many different groups of people, all coming together for one purpose.

Seattle, WA, USA

My husband and I joined the march (and others like it) with our young daughters, 2 and 5, one of whom perched on my husband’s shoulders shouting, “We don’t want a war,” except she couldn’t say her “r’s” so it…

London UK

My family came from across the UK to London to march. So many people and they ignored us.

London, UK

I was 12 years old and my mum and I marched together. It was my first protest and it was such an exciting and strange feeling to walk with united strangers.

London

I’d marched before for and against several issues over the years but this felt different from the start. Just the hint of the size. The point it hit me I think was as we went down the length of Whitehall…

London UK

I traveled from Falkirk, Scotland to London UK and took part in the Mass Anti War Demonstration. I took part, not because it would halt the war, since Blair / Bush et al had already made up their minds, I…

Scarborough, UK

As a teenager in secondary school but already a protestor of the war, there was no choice but the run out of school. Literally run; chased by teachers and staff. The first attempt (with a band of 3-4 dozen others)…

London

I was six months pregnant. It was a hard day on my feet. I remember thinking, ‘So, this is why pregnant women don’t create revolutions.’ I didn’t want my baby born into a world at war. I was gutted that…

london

i came from Preston and managed to get one of the lasts seats, all the transport was full, how many more would have come if there had been the means to get there? I hoped and prayed it would make…

Stockholm, Sweden

It was really cold but we could make it because we were so many with the same goal. We tried to save lifes.

Brighton UK

People could not believe a Labour Government would take this country to war. There was so much anger and resolve in the march that the government get the message that this was not the will of the people.

London

I marched with my mum and Steve and my friend and his father who had family in Iraq. i remember the sheer volume of people in the streets- old and young from all walks of life… Feeling euphoric to be…

London, UK

It was an inspiring day, people from all over the country marched through London and for a moment we believed we could change the direction our government was heading in. The optimism in the crowd was palpable and I think…

London

Came down with several other members of Unison from Worcester. Managed to make it to Hyde Park to see Tony Benn & Miss Dynamte! I felt that there was by that time no way we could actually stop Bush &…