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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.

Washington D.C

I was there. It was in Washington D.C. USA. I crossed the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie,Ontario around 9:00 p.m. on the Friday evening. It was snowing hard. We all met at a College in Buffalo, N.Y. Six buses left…

Washington D.C

I was there. It was in Washington D.C. USA. I crossed the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie,Ontario around 9:00 p.m. on the Friday evening. It was snowing hard. We all met at a College in Buffalo, N.Y. Six buses left…

London, England

Ever since I was a teenager, I have been cynical about political demonstrations, not only in Iraq, my home country, but also in Britain, my adopted country, as I feel the system is so rigged – overtly or covertly -…

London

I remember the day as clear as Crystal. The oppressive feeling of the build up to war was weighing heavy on mine and many more of my friends shoulders. We all met at Brixton tube station and already there where…

London, G. B.

My Story for 15 February 2003 My story is of the best day of my life. 2 and Quarter Million People on the streets of London (if you ask me, I can supply convincing evidence that it was that number)…

London, UK

I went down on one of 4 coaches from Matlock organised by the people associated with Scarthin Books in Cromford. I sat next to expat Welsh man Tony Rees from Matlock and conversed in Welsh on the journey down the…

London

I was a Student Nurse at the time. I travelled to London from Nottingham on a full coach with other marchers. When we were at the motorway services it was obvious that the turnout was going to be massive. I…

London, UK

I hade never been on a demonstration in all my 46 years but I felt so strongly about what was being said and proposed at that time, I just had to go. So on that Saturday morning my husband and…

New York City with Attorney General Ramsey Clark

New York City with Attorney General Ramsey Clark

Seattle USA

My wife and I had demonstrated on our own at the busiest street corner and were encouraged with the ratio of thumbs up to “F” you. It was pretty trying to do it on our own, so we were encouraged…

London

Travelled on a coach from Rochdale with othermembers of Rochdale & Littleborough peace group. Seemed like the crack of dawn but still didn’t reach the main event neverthe less it was a profoundly moving & affirming experience & we were…

Bournemouth, England

I was visiting home. I have lived in the States for many years now, but I watched in horror as the Bush administration beat the drums for war. I tried in my speech at the Bournemouth rally to tell the…

London. UK

We marched all day and evening and I have never felt much part of the world as then. All of us are brothers and sisters and we must never forget that now more than ever. We cam from Bridgwater in…

London, UK

I was 20 at the time and I march because I could not believe that the US wasnt going to listen to the UN, that they were going to take matters into their own hands and not listen to the…

Glasgow

Me and my daughter Ashley Storrie took part in our first ever protest march. We made a banner and we were stunned at the crowds in Glasgow. We sang, we wept, we sang songs and we chanted slogans as we…

London

London was full with people all against the tide that was causing suffering. It was all a ploy for agendas as we see in what has happened and still is happening now in middle east. The people causing this war…

London, UK

I marched just two days after my 16th birthday. The Iraq war was my political awakening, introducing me to many of the injustices in the world as well as the power we hold. Over the past 12 years I’ve continued…

London, UK

I lived in a town relatively untouched by political activism, I responded to a flyer about the Anti Nazi League and through that met a handful of people in the last part of 2002. We decided to go on the…

London

I think it was Feb 2003….but it was the big one with Charles Kennedy speaking in Hyde park…unbelievable that they still went ahead with the madness despite the incredible turnout….democracy?

London, England

I travelled from Kent to London by train with my friend Rob. I desperately wanted to add my voice to the anti-war movement – I hated the idea that the rest of the world might think British people were supporting…

London, UK

Joined a massive march, had many friends at different points of the march. When I got to the end point at Hyde Park there were still friends of mine at the beginning it was that big. The Police underestimated the…

London

My partner and I travelled from the west country. We were at the head of the march and when we arrived at the stage in Hyde Park we looked back and saw a sight we will never forget. Two million…

Copenhagen

No story,but the last of many really big marches here in Denmark I participated in.No violence during march no Police-brutality I would say a lot of dignity.A united strength and solidarity with the Iraky People.As participating since marches against the…

Scotland

I marched with my friends in Glasgow. We carried paper doves.