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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.

Sydney, Australia

I’ve never been in amongst so many people. The day was very civilised, we had Yum cha for breakfast then marched to Hyde Park. Looking back, it was amazing to be part of but huge sadness remains at what followed.

Halifax, Canada

It was a very cold day and a group of 4 families, including mine, drove into the city for the March. We were already aware of the numbers of the March in London and were very inspired to hear of…

London, UK

I left the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (University of London) with others from my course after our MSc graduation to join the March as it came close by. Many others from the School did the same.

London

I marched with The Woodcraft folk, my youth group in London. I couldn’t believe that this was under a Labour government. I have never voted Labour since. On the first day of the Iraq war we also stormed our town…

London

I was appalled that we were planning to bomb Iraq for trumped-up reasons. I had to take a stand.

London

I was appalled that we were planning to bomb Iraq for trumped-up reasons. I had to take a stand.

London

My brother and a friend came especially from Germany to join me marching in London. Our banner read NOT CONVINCED! Quoting the German foreign secretary Joschka Fischer who had sad to Donald Rumsfeld (if I remember correctly) ‘but what am…

Manchester UK

I marched with my husband and our friend Alan . . .a very moving and inspirational experience but overshadowed by a sinking feeling that democracy would not prevail ! It was a case of doing the right thing even if…

London

Met wonderful people on the train from Liverpool to London. One couple told me they were going to visit their son in hospital ,he was a soldier and because of an “ACCIDENT”he and two of his fellow serving soldiers were…

London

Marched with the Woodcraft Folk. Took my 10 year old daughter Cassie with me. We all wore orange T shirts printed for the demo.

London

I tend to be a silent protester (rather than a fence sitter) and have wondered in the past at the value of protests. On the eve of the Iraq war however being promoted by Tony Blair and his ilk together…

London, UK

I walked that day with my family including my three young children aged 2, 5 and 8 and with my parents aged 65 and 84. The fact that all these generations were represented demonstrated to me how widespread the opposition…

London UK

I was on holiday in sunny Wales when I first heard about the London Rally. I immediately phoned work to book the day off. A week before the date I was informed that I had been double booked and would…

New York City, New York

I nearly froze. My toes were numb. The cops tried to prevent us from getting to the UN, but we somehow made it.

London England

Joined the Matlock Stop The War group in 2002, went on the coach organised by them to the march, we never got to Hyde Park the march was backed up right back to Gower st.

London

I was 60 years of age. I traveled 150 miles by bus to London on the day. Met my two sons accompanied by girlfriends. We were all incensed by the plan to invade Iraq. Such a wide range of ages…

London

there were twice as many people at the march as the media reported… the front of the march arrived at the final point and there were still people starting at the beginning.. I’ve never seen so many people united in…

Adelaide, Australia

This was the first protest movement I participated in. I remember the strong sense of moral outrage and the collective consciousness of the crowd as we marched against injustice and for a better state of humanity.

London

I came to london to protest against the absolute lies being told by Tony Blair and the british media with my three good friends…i felt overwhemled by the scale of the deception being perpertrated by the US and british goverment…

Brisbane Australia

First street March ever

London

This was my first March I was 24, I went with my Mum and a local group she was a member of from our home town, Bury st Edmunds in Suffolk, the black and gold banner we marched under can…

London, UK

I marched with my father and friends. He was 67 years old at the time and walked with a cane. We had shared many discussions about our shared opposition to the war since the invasion of Afghanistan and we recognised…

Washington DC

I then lived in Omaha Nebraska and was not surrounded by liberal friends but I had to do something because I felt so strongly that this was wrong. So I found a bus that a few people had reserved to…

Portland, Oregon United States

I marched with my wife and my son in this event. I had been reading how we were being led into this invasion with lies and knew I couldn’t stand on the sidelines and not lend my voice and body…