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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

The first protest I went to with friends rather than parents at the age of 15 (although of course my parents where there also). I felt the power of the people, the atmosphere was full of hope and love, people…

London

It was the first march I attended. I was 10, and with my parents and our local Quaker meeting group. The march, and the aftermath of the march, made a huge impact on me. I remember climbing on my dads…

Manchester, England

My son was 14 at the time and determined to go on the march to protest against the impending war in Iraq. I had taken him on demonstrations against the previous invasion 10 years earlier or so, pushing him in…

Manchester

I marched with my two babies in pushchairs. I remember wearing a “not in my name “badge around that time and almost all of my friends thought I had gone mad. My friends are all left wing and highly intelligent….

london embankment

My friend Eileen and I set off from the embankment and joined the large crowd heading towards Hyde Park. What I remember most was the atmosphere it was electric. More and more people began to join us until we were…

London

My late husband Denis, aged 76, and I, both active in the World Development tMovement and Cafod, travelled by bus with a group of protesters from Hastings.it was wonderful to be part of the vast multitude on the march -…

Washington, D.C. Usa

Road overnight bus chartered by native Americans from Lco res in nw Wisconsin to Washington. Had great day protesting in the cold, then road overnight to get back home. Any congressman that says no one knew there were no weapons…

Melbourne

We traveled 160 km to Melbourne, because we were determined maximize the impact of our protest….it was amazing, so many people had gathered in Federation Square, and were spilling way back along the streets, Flinders and Swanston, in both directions,…

London, UK

About 6 friends and I marched in London. It was the first protest I had been on. We were full of hope when we saw how many people were marching with us. We marched the entire way to Hyde Park….

Dublin, Ireland

I took my children – a three year old, twin 8 year olds and an 11 year old. We had a brilliant day, looking at the crowds, the entertainers and the banners. We have photos of the day – my…

San Francisco USA

My family demonstrated in the streets against the illegal, immoral invasion of Iraq. We prayed for the many victims of a senseless, needless war of aggression.

San Francisco USA

My family demonstrated in the streets against the illegal, immoral invasion of Iraq. We prayed for the many victims of a senseless, needless war of aggression.

London

I dragged out my three sons and husband – youngest was in a pushchair – we had to wait two hours at Charing Cross before we set off as there were so many people – we thought they must listen…

London

I dragged out my three sons and husband – youngest was in a pushchair – we had to wait two hours at Charing Cross before we set off as there were so many people – we thought they must listen…

London

I dragged out my three sons and husband – youngest was in a pushchair – we had to wait two hours at Charing Cross before we set off as there were so many people – we thought they must listen…

London

I dragged out my three sons and husband – youngest was in a pushchair – we had to wait two hours at Charing Cross before we set off as there were so many people – we thought they must listen…

Chicago, USA

We shut down downtown! Specifically Michigan Ave

London

Im Caroline, my husband Rob and son James travelled from Suffolk on a coach organised by Waveney Greenpeace to London. The coach was full after picking up everyone from stops on the way. We had organised ourselves well with packed…

London

Early morning coach ride from north Suffolk with a great group of like-minded friends. Couldn’t believe how many people joined the March! A friend wrote a song afterwards called, ‘I walked/marched with the million….’ Unforgettable experience, seeing hordes of people…

San Francisco, United States

I went to the march with my teenage son. The build up to the war and the general mass hysteria following 9-11 made me terrified. My son was very passionately opposed to the war. We discussed the issues frequently. We…

Washington, DC

One of the coldest days I can remember, but how my heart was warmed by people standing up against the war.

Adelaide, South Australia

I was arrested at that march for protesting peacefully and all charges were dropped. No one else was arrested here. I’d be interested in the footage if anyone finds it. I used to say, back then…”If my partner and I…

Barcelona

The past is a foreign country. Fifteen years ago it was February 15th, 2003: one million people marched in Barcelona’s Plaça Tetuán to say no to the US invasion of Iraq. With the local Indymedia collective we set up a…

New York City, USA

I rode the train into New York City from the New Jersey suburbs where I lived then. The train was packed with people of all ages. Everyone was happy and excited. When I got to 3rd Avenue there was no…