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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

Knowing London very well and in particular the route the march was taking, having been on previous stop the war marches, I managed to see many parts of the march on the day – I waited for the front of the…

London, UK

I went up to the London march from my Cotswold village, plunk in the middle of David Cameron’s constituency. One friend from the village came too, and I’m sure there were other sympathisers. But not many. The march was wonderful….

London, UK

I travelled down from Manchester in one of the innumerable coaches going down for the London demo. I knew no-one on the coach there were so many first time demonstrators there and when I got to the demonstration I was…

Berne, Switzerland

Took our International Peace Bureau placards with us to Berne demo

London, UK

There were few political activists in Rugby in 2003, no organised left groups, and we had only just set up the Rugby Stop The War Coalition in the town. Despite this, we mobilised over 50 people to come down to…

Dan O’Neill

I had been involved with the Stop the War Coalition from Sep 2002, participating in a Halloween demo on Parliament Sq (my wife and I carved the pumpkins for a photo that appeared in the red top daily’s the next…

London, UK

I remember sitting in Hyde Park with people as far as the eye could see. More than that, even, in every direction.  I was shocked how the BBC under-reported the attendance.

Leiston, UK

I remember that day vividly… I was 14 years old and the previous day was at school, following the usual friday rota o learning. Many ov the students, including myself had a secret agenda however, we had been spending our…

London, UK

On Feburary 15th 2003, I was with my family; Aunty (41), cousin (3), cousin (13), sister (17) and me (19). It was my Aunty’s idea to get together on this day and march across London in protest of the war…

London, UK

Its hard to believe that this was so long ago.  There was a sense of compulsion amongst my many friends to march through London that day.  I’ll never forget being half way along Piccadilly where I got a vantage point…

London, UK

I went with three friends to the London march. We were picked up at around 6am by coaches going from Sunderland, North East England. I remember I wrote in a journal that day because I found it recently having forgotten…

London, UK

I marched in London with my family, wife, teenager daughter and son (photos available). I was the convenor of the Southall ‘Stop the War Coalition’ group.  I wrote a ‘Joint Statement’ opposing the war on Iraq which was signed by…

London, UK

I had never been on an anti-war protest, i’d been on anti facist and criminal just act demos. February 15th’s demo looked like it would be fun as well as sending a message to our Government. My Dad having lived…

Glasgow, UK

I marched in Glasgow, and was so struck by the energy of the crowds chanting, and inspired by the slogans on the placards, that I wrote a song called, Not In Our Name. it was recorded by my band, The…

Glasgow, UK

I marched on a freezing cold day with my soon to be 3yr old son.  Although we didn’t complete the march it was the furthest he had ever walked.  My earnest hope is that he will remember some of the…

Hobart, Tasmania, Australia

marched and then spoke at hobart, tasmania, australia rally in parliament house gardens – will provide further info in due course

London, UK

Some friends and I began a ‘Raging Granny’ group in the UK. We attended the March and performed along the route. The Times newspaper featured us on that day. I am now writing a novel with the Iraq invasion as…

London, UK

I marched with a group from Goldsmiths College Students’ Union (University of London).

London, UK

It could not happen could it? An insane decision to invade Iraq, that would change the landscape of international relations in a way I did not want to imagine. A nation said NO – NOT IN OUR NAME and thousands…

London, UK

For me, I knew deep down and despite all the fear,  that it was so so wrong to consider attacking Iraq. I flew to London,  from my peaceful mediterranean heaven, where I had marched throughout my childhood against so many…

London, UK

My daughter was 4 months old but I knew we had to be there so we went with a friend down to the Embankment in London and stood in the cold. The numbers were incredible and it felt amazing to…

Brussels, Belgium

Vredesmars trekt door straten Brussel zaterdag 15 februari 2003Bron: belgaAuteur: kld BRUSSEL – Zatermiddag trokken duizenden manifestanten door de straten van Brussel om te betogen tegen een mogelijke oorlog in Irak. Meer dan 140 verenigingen en partijen lieten hun anti-oorlogsstem…

London, UK

from Liverpool>London, where we threaded through the streets, calling, listening and watching. Still calling, listening and watching, it would seem.

London, UK

Marched for hours with the Sheffield Samba Band, carrying a big base drum amongst the huge crowd was exhilerating to say the least. We never made it to Hyde Park to hear the speeches, there were just to many people…