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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, UK

I was 57 at the time and had never protested before in my life. I had seen for myself the results of American Foreign policy in Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam and had travelled briefly through Cambodia in 1969 during the…

Stroud, UK

I was only 8 years old on February 15, 2003, but I still remember the passion leading up to the event, and the residual tension afterwards. Truly mind-blowing in scale, with a universal empathy running through the veins of everyone…

Sydney, Australia

I marched through the city of Sydney – I joined the rally at Hyde Park and we marched we chanted we sang – it was a peaceful yet passionate protest. My son who was 15 at the time marched and…

Kerhonkson, United States

Feb 15, 03 —  I had committed myself to going to Iraq as a Human Shield.  We were an international group of activists protesting the war by going to Iraq and living on civilian infrastructure sites to try and protect…

London, UK

I travelled down by coach from Manchester to London with several friends. I will never forget the awesome silence of that day. Due in part the soberness of our mood as we feared the warmongers had already made THEIR decision,…

London, UK

I’ve only marched twice in my life. The first was an anti Nazi League March when I was about 13. I went because friends did, and although I believed in the cause, the day scared me. 10 years later, in…

Baghdad, Iraq

On 15 Febraury 2003, I arrived in Baghdad, Iraq, in a Peace Convoy, in order to try and stop the war. The night before we had been held up on the Syria/Iraq border for 12 hours while the Iraqis tried…

London, UK

It was the day after Valentine’s. At the time I felt quite positive because Hans B had just spoken out so strongly about the absence of WMD. I thought of having a placard that said ‘Hans B jag alskar dig’…

Valencia, Spain

Buses were organised from Gandia, an hour from Valencia, and just as well because the trains were so packed from that first station that anyone after that couldn´t get onto the train. We walked towards Plaza San Augustine, the meeting…

London, UK

We lived in Bedfordshire at the time, but were staying in Oxford because my husband’s father was very ill – in fact, he died on 27th February. We had both intended to march but in the event John had to…

London, UK

I marched in London. Walking down from north London to Shaftesbury avenue, the numbers of people trying to join the march where truly inspiring, If I heard that it was 3 million marching that day I’d believe it. The next…

Oslo, Norway

I had just come back from India on feb. 15, with our group of Norwegian and Indian musicians and dancers, ready to make performances in Oslo. We all joined the march, starting at Youngstorget. I have never seen that many…

London, UK

I marched in London ..I am a film maker who went to Iraq and asked the Iraqui’s what they thought of Blair and te invasion… I also interupted the Levison Inquiry and called Blair a War criminal

London, UK

I gathered at Warren Street underground station on Tottenham Court Road with a group of friends at around 10am. We marched all day and only made it to Green Park underground station on Piccadilly by 4pm, because there were so…

San Francisco, United States

I marched in San Francisco with friends and members of the Threshold Choir.  Everyone I knew was there, drumming, dancing, having a wild time.  It felt so good to be out with all these other people who were also opposed to…

London, UK

I have been on many marches but the best thing about this one for me were all the school students who left their schools for the day to join the protest. Many teachers discreetely turned a blind eye although officially…

Valencia, Spain

Yes, I marched at 15 February 2003, in the city of Valencia, Spain. I also contributed to spread the call in Internet, through my electronic review Alteritat/Otherness, http://alteritat.net/r You can see the call of EUPV (United Leff of the Valencian…

London, UK

Getting up on the morning of 15th February 2003 wasn’t easy. A large group of us had been to a ball the night before – a joint celebration, as one of the group had recently turned 21 – and there was no-one…

London, UK

I went with a group of friends on one of the coaches organised by Coventry ‘Stop the War’ group. We made two huge banners. We were amazed on the way down the M1 at how many coaches were heading to…

London, UK

The February 15th March was incredible – the power of people, all united as one.  The police and news tried to tell us we were only 100,000, maybe 150,000 tops.  But we knew they were lying, as we could feel…

London, UK

My youth was spent as a member of CND and did the Aldermaston march then got married and started a family, never dreamt that in my seventies I would march again, but my anger against the man bLIAR motivated me…

London, UK

I have been living over 25 years in London and have taken part in countless marches, both in London and Bogotá-Colombia. On February 15, 2003 I marched in the company of a friend of mine and when we finally got…

London, UK

I went in one of many coaches from Leicester (UK).   It took 5 hours to march from Euston Road to Green Park station, and then it was time to go back to the coaches for returning to Leicester.   I didn’t…

London, UK

I am a 76 year old person. I was 63 years old on that momentous day in February when the march took place. I marched along with two comrades, joining the March in Gower Street by London University. As a…